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Premier League standings: Tottenham take Champions League spot over Arsenal; Manchester United back into UEL

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Tottenham are back in business. After two seasons outside the Champions League, Antonio Conte’s side qualified for Europe’s premier club competition with a 5-0 away win against Norwich City as the 2021–22 Premier League season ended on Sunday.

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Only needing to avoid defeat at Carrow Road to guarantee victory over rivals Arsenal in fourth place, Spurs made easy work of the Premier League underside with goals from Dejan Kulusevski and Harry Kane in the first half. The former added a second in the hour played before Heung-min Son earned his share of the Premier League Golden Boot along with Spurs’ fourth and fifth, his 22nd and 23rd-place finishes of the season, putting him on par with Mohamed Salah of Liverpool (who also scored on Sunday).

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Their final day win capped off an impressive run at the end of the season to secure a top four spot that would have slipped out of their hands had they lost the north London derby 10 days ago. Instead, Kane and Son inspired them to a 3-0 victory over Arsenal, after which they beat Burnley to secure local bragging rights for the sixth year in a row.

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The Spurs victory made the course of events at the Emirates Stadium rather academic, as Arsenal relied on Norwich to score all three points to have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League. The Gunners at least finished their season on something of a high with a 5-1 win over Everton, which could have been even more convincing than the score suggested. Their visitors were naturally far from their peak after securing their Premier League survival on Thursday against Crystal Palace, but Frank Lampard’s rotated side looked like they would be struggling in the Championship as they lost completely under the north London sun.

Gabriel Martinelli opened the scoring from the penalty spot, but Eddy Nketiah added a second soon after. Although substitute Donny van de Beek came on the field shortly before half-time, it was mostly rosy for the Gunners as defenders Cedric and Gabriel both scored in the second period. The choice of goals was made in the 82nd minute when Martin Odegaard landed a low blow into the bottom corner from a dart into the box.

This will be the third time in the past six seasons that Arsenal have finished just outside of a Champions League place; they will be joined by Manchester United in the Europa League despite their worst season in the Premier League era. Their former winger Wilfried Zaha struck shortly before half-time, inflicting the Red Devils’ 12th top-flight defeat of the season. Watching what was happening in Selhurst Park, Erik ten Hag would have understood the task before him; For the first time in 32 years, United ended the season without a positive goal difference.

Their defeat opened the way for West Ham to finish sixth and last in the Europa League. Michael Antonio’s first half-kick suggested they could just do it, but Joel Veltman, Pascal Gross and Danny Welbeck struck to take first place in the top flight for the first time in Brighton’s history. West Ham, who finished seventh, will take part in the European Conference League next season.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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