Arsene Wenger could see Arsenal’s pre-season plans thrown into chaos.
The Gunners boss could end up playing a Europa League second round qualifier on July 26 – just 11 days after the World Cup final.
And it also clashes with a pre-season tour of Singapore which Arsenal are set to announce with friendlies against Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint Germain on July 26 and 28 respectively.
They have got friendlies with Manchester City and Valencia in Europe pencilled in but have yet to confirm them because of the potential Europa League qualifier.
Arsenal could be left facing the nightmare summer schedule – with a potential SIX extra qualifying games – if they finish seventh and do not win the Europa League and it is now a very real possibility Burnley, just two points behind, could overtake them.
UEFA confirmed on Monday that seventh in the Premier League will secure a Europa League second round qualifying place as long as Southampton do not win the FA Cup.
That gives Arsenal a massive incentive to finish sixth in the Premier League while they know winning the Europa League is a passport into the Champions League.
Wenger’s own future remains in serious doubt with the club’s hierarchy acutely concerned about the stay-away fans as the Emirates has looked half empty because of Arsenal’s poor recent form.
Mirror Sport has revealed that Wenger’s position will be up for review at the end of the season and, even though he has a year left on his £8m-a-year contract, may decide to walk away.
Wenger, 68, has always insisted he would never leave before the end of a contract but there is a growing feeling that he knows the harsh realities of the situation at Arsenal while there have also been major offers if he does decide to leave.
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