Arsenal: Five remaining fixtures - will they stay in the top four and qualify for the Champions League?

A look at the Gunners' remaining games this season

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Arsenal are in a battle - however not for the Premier League title as their supporters had hoped - but to cling on to the fourth and final Champions League place.

A run of poor results, most recently against Everton, has seen them slip off the pace of those aiming to be at the top come late afternoon on May 11.

But Arsene Wenger can't allow that slide to continue if he wants to maintain his incredible record of getting Arsenal into the Champions League every full season he's been in north London.

Everton are eyeing that final spot but Roberto Martinez's side have an arguably tougher run-in. But what about the tests facing the Gunners? Can they win every game from here to the end of the season? Where might they come unstuck? We take a look at those remaining Premier League games...


v West Ham (H) - Tue April 15

This match against West Ham comes after Arsenal play Wigan in their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on the Saturday. The mood then in which Wenger's side approach this game could be at one extreme or the other. Should they host the Hammers having just secured a place in the FA Cup final, beating Sam Allardyce's mid-table side with little to play for should seem straight forward. But defeat to Wigan and the Gunners will be in a state of crisis. These sides last met on Boxing Day with Arsenal coming from a goal down to win 3-1.

Arsenal's Lukas Podolski pictured scoring against West Ham earlier this season


v Hull (A) - Sat April 19

Up next for Arsenal is another side for whom safety looks assured and a game that should yield maximum points for the Gunners. They've beaten the Tigers the last five times they've met, including a 2-0 win at the Emirates earlier this term. Nicklas Bendtner and Mesut Ozil were on the scoresheet that day. This could also be a dress rehearsal of the FA Cup final should Arsenal beat Wigan and Hull overcome Sheffield United.

Mesut Ozil could be back from injury in time for this game


v Newcastle (H) - Mon April 28

The straight forward fixtures keep on coming for Arsenal, with Newcastle coming to the Emirates with very little to play for. After a strong start to the season, the Magpies have looked happy to settle for mid-table mediocrity ever since. They're assured that now so should be a push over. Wenger will be wary of their strong away form however, they've won as many Premier League games as Chelsea on the road and just one less than Manchester City. When they met at St James' Park earlier this season Olivier Giroud's second-half strike was the difference between the sides. Newcastle won't have fond memories of their last visit to the Emirates either - they lost 7-3.


Arsenal's Olivier Giroud celebrates his goal against Newcastle


v West Brom (H) - Sun April 4

The penultimate game of the season might be against a team lower in the table than their three previous opponents, but consequently it should be a team desperate to get something out of the match. The Baggies are hovering just above the relegation places and if one of the three teams currently occupying the relegation zone manage to put a run together, they will be in trouble. With just three wins on the road this season, Pep Mel won't relish taking his team to the Emirates but their most recent games against the Gunners might provide more encouragement. They've met twice already this season, with both games ending 1-1 after 90 minutes. In the case of the Capital One Cup game, Arsenal would go on to win on penalties.

Jack Wilshere strikes Arsenal's equaliser against West Brom


v Norwich (A) - Sun 11 May

This could be one of the games to watch on the final day of the season. While Arsenal are battling for a place in the Champions League, their opponents could well be playing for a place in the Premier League. Just five games from the end of the season, the Canaries hit the panic button, sacked Chris Hughton and put youth team coach Neil Adams in charge. Will it turn out to be an inspired move by Norwich? A result in this match at Carrow Road could be the difference between an answer of yes or no to that question.

The last time they met in Norfolk Arsenal lost 1-0. The two most recent meetings ended 3-1 and 4-1 in the Gunners' favour. Depending on how Arsenal fare against Wigan, this might not be the last game of their season; The final of the FA Cup takes place the following weekend.