Arsenal handed Champions League hope by UEFA contingency plan for cancelled Premier League season

Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta could benefit from a new UEFA plan (Picture: Getty Images)

UEFA have floated the possibility of handing out Champions League places for next season based on their coefficient scores if domestic seasons are cancelled, which would see Arsenal sneak back into Europe’s top competition.

Contingency plans are being drawn up for if major leagues across Europe cannot be completed due to the coronavirus crisis.

While there would be much argument over teams being awarded title and if sides should face relegation, there is also the issue of which teams qualify for Europe next season if this campaign is voided.

UEFA held a video conference with all 55 national associations and one idea that was put forward was handing out European places based on the UEFA coefficient, regardless of current position in the domestic tables.

This would see Arsenal make it into next season’s Champions League, despite sitting ninth in the Premier League at the moment.

The coefficient would also hand would also give Champions League places to Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United, with Leicester City and Chelsea missing out.

If Man City’s two-year Champions League ban is upheld then it is Spurs, who are currently eighth in the Premier League, that would take their place, leaving Chelsea, Leicester and Wolves to contest the Europa League.

The team currently in seventh, Sheffield United, would not get a spot in Europe.

The proposal remains just that at this stage, with Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin not thought to be in favour of it.

UEFA are pushing for domestic leagues to be completed, being restarted by the end of June if at all possible.

A statement from UEFA after their online meeting read: ‘There was a strong recommendation given to finish domestic top division and cup competitions.

‘But some special cases will be heard once guidelines concerning participation to European competitions – in case of a cancelled league – have been developed.’

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