Arsenal hoping to avoid historic play-off

Arsenal’s season draws to a close on with Sunday’s visit to St. James Park, where they will secure Champions League football for next year should they better North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur’s result against Sunderland.

They could also leapfrog Chelsea into third place if the Blues lose at home to Everton and Arsenal win, while if the game at Stamford Bridge ends goalless, and the Gunners win 2-1, there would have to be a play off between the sides to determine who finishes in the final automatic qualification spot for the Champions League.

Arsene Wenger could recall Olivier Giroud, who has missed the last three games through suspension while Jack Wilshere is expected to come in for Mikel Arteta, who is doubtful with a calf injury.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports that Arsenal could be preparing a bid for unsettled Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

The 27 year old, who broke on to the scene with a goal against the Gunners for Everton ten and a half years ago, has apparently been scouted by the club since March when rumours that the England international was unhappy first surfaced.

Finally, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Theo Walcott have been called up to the England squad for the forthcoming friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

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