Premier League top 4 as it stands: what Chelsea FC’s defeat means for West Ham, Liverpool and Tottenham
A win for Chelsea would have almost guaranteed the Blues play Champions League football next season, but Emile Smith Rowe’s first-half goal saw the Gunners leave Stamford Bridge with a 1-0 victory.
The defeat meant Chelsea missed the opportunity to take third place in the table and let Thomas Tuchel’s side look over their shoulders in the showdown.
Arsenal’s victory was great news for West Ham, Liverpool and Tottenham, who all still have hopes of finishing in the top four this season.
While Chelsea will remain confident of completing the job in the last two League games, Tuchel must also balance his squad with the FA Cup and Champions League finals.
Manchester United have already joined Man City in the Champions League next season, and Leicester should realistically lose their last two games and see one of West Hams, Spurs or Liverpool win all of their remaining matches to give up.
There is hardly any room for error for the three teams chasing Chelsea now, but there could be a lot of twists and turns during the break-in.
Premier League table | Top four race
Leicester: Chelsea (May 18), Spurs (May 23)
Chelsea: Leicester (May 18), Aston Villa (May 23)
West Ham: Brighton (May 15), West Brom (May 19), Southampton (May 23)
Spurs: Wolves (May 16), Aston Villa (May 19), Leicester (May 23)