Arsenal and Man Utd could still qualify for Champions League by finishing fifth

Arsenal and Manchester United might benefit if UEFA banned Manchester City from the Champions League next season.

A second investigation into City was opened by UEFA in the midst of claims that they changed their accounts to meet FFP guidelines.

The Champions of the Premier League were already fined for a violation and UEFA warned that they could face the ” highest punishment.”

UEFA rules state that if Manchester City were to be punished and banned from the Champions League, the place in the competition would go to the next best-placed side in the same domestic league.

That would mean 5th place would take the spot, which opens the door for Arsenal and United, reports the Times.

Both are still in the hunt for a top four spot with Arsenal only three points behind Chelsea and just seven behind Tottenham in third place.

United meanwhile are six a drift of Chelsea in fourth, although they have won their last four matches under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United remain in the knockout stages of this season’s Champions League and can secure their spot in there next season by winning the trophy.

That is the same for Arsenal in the Europa League competition but they may get another shot if UEFA do decide to punish Manchester City.

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