Seamus Coleman’s Everton will conclude the Barclay’s Premier League in fifth place following their 3-2 loss against Manchester City on Saturday evening at Goodison Park.
Manuel Pellegrini’s City side moved to the top of the table after goals from Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko put them 2-1 ahead before the interval after Ross Barkely had given the hosts the lead with a stunning curler.
Dzeko’s second gave City a cushion but Romelu Lukaku’s header left them with an anxious last 25 minutes.
The result means that Arsenal can finish no lower than fourth place and will join Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea in next season’s Champions League, while Everton and Hull City and most likely Tottenham Hotspur will compete in the Europa League.
Everton, on 69 points, are three points ahead of sixth-placed Tottenham but have goal difference of +20 compared to the North London side’s +1 with just a match apiece to play. Fifth guarantees Europa League and sixth also qualifies as Manchester City won the League Cup. Tottenham are six points clear of Manchester United, who have two matches to play.
Hull, thanks to Arsenal’s fourth place, will also be part of the competition regardless of how they fare in the FA Cup final against Arsene Wenger’s side later this month.