Arsenal face starting season on July 26 next season as Arsene Wenger's side slip to seventh over fixture congestion

That is if the Gunners slip below high-flying Burnley in the Premier League standings to seventh.

Sean Dyche's Clarets are now just two points behind the North London club in the table and are poised to cap a superb season by heading into Europe.

According to the Telegraph, Uefa have confirmed the Europa League space for English sides will go to the seventh-placed team if Southampton do not win the FA Cup.

That will throw either Arsenal or Burnley into the second qualifying round, which is in the calendar for July 26.

Given the World Cup final is on July 15, it strings together the two seasons in ways that will give Arsene Wenger a headache, with many of his squad tipped to head to Russia this summer.




And it will focus Arsenal on getting through the Europa League, where they can qualify for the Champions League if they lift the trophy.

Wenger's side have to overcome tricky opponents in Atletico Madrid over two legs, in what should be their toughest test of the season.


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Burnley are on 52 points and just two shy of Arsenal, with five games to go and the two sides facing each other on May 6.

The Clarets have won their fifth straight game on the bounce in the league after Saturday's 2-1 win over Leicester, while the Gunners lost 2-1 to Newcastle.

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