After losing three Premier League games on the spin, anything other than a victory for Arsenal in their home meeting with Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday will likely spell the end of their top-four hopes.
The Gunners may have lost form domestically, but they are on the brink of a place in the Europa League final and Unai Emery must now decide whether to prioritise the European competition.
Brighton, on the other hand, is hovering just above the drop zone in 17th, four points ahead of Cardiff. Victory will guarantee their Premier League status.
Arsenal – LLLWLW
Emery’s side has now just collected 6 points from a possible 21, this slip in form has put their top four hopes in doubt. The Gunners would be hoping to go all the way in UEFA’s secondary competition and guarantee a spot in next year’s Champions League by winning the Europa League.
While changes can be expected on Sunday, though, Emery will not exactly throw the game and Arsenal will still be favourites to come out on top even with a slightly weakened side.
Brighton – DLDLLL
The Seagulls are now four points better off than 18th-placed Cardiff City with two matches to play and boast a vastly better goal difference than Cardiff.
Finishing the season fighting against relegation has left Chris Hughton’s future beyond this summer in doubt, but he would be looking to end the season on a high and start fresh again next season.
Rob Holding (knee), Danny Welbeck (ankle) and Hector Bellerin (knee)
Kayal (hamstring), Pröpper (hamstring)
Formation : 3-4-2-1
Leno, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal, Jenkinson, Torreira, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi. Aubameyang
Formation : 4-4-2
Ryan. Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo. Gross, Bissouma, Stephens, March. Murray, Andone
Emirates Stadium, Arsenal
This is the ideal fixture for the home side to return to winning ways in the Premier League, setting up a tense final round of fixtures in the battle for a top-four finish.
Now would be the perfect time for Hughton and his players to replicate the type of form they showed earlier in the season. If not, a Cardiff win against Palace will set up a nervy final day.