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May 22

Broadhead signs new Everton contract

Wales youth international Nathan Broadhead signs a new contract with Everton which will see him stay at the club until 2020.

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May 21

Arsenal beat Everton with 10 men but miss out on Champions League place

Another day at the Emirates Stadium; another mutiny to reflect the bitter frustration among the Arsenal fanbase. This time, the target was not Arsène Wenger, the beleaguered manager but Stan Kroenke, the majority shareholder. “Stan Kroenke, get out of our club,” was the cry from the hour mark, and it had a series of airings, each one louder than the previous.

This was a seismic occasion in the club’s modern history. Nobody really expected Liverpool or Manchester City to slip up and allow Wenger and his team the chance to nip in and secure a place in the top four, and they did not. And so, for the first time since 1997-98, Wenger and Arsenal must move into a season without the spur of participation in the Champions League.

Related: Liverpool seal Champions League place with victory over Middlesbrough

Related: Manchester City secure third place as Sergio Agüero torments Watford

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May 21

Arsenal v Everton: Premier League – as it happened

4.54pm BST

After 20 consecutive seasons in the top four, Arsenal must make do with fifth. Not a bad finish for most teams in the Premier League but horribly disappointing by Arsene Wenger’s standards. We shall see what his future holds after the FA Cup final.

Meanwhile, in unwelcome Twitter news:

Welcome @Arsenal

See you next season! #UEL

4.52pm BST

90 min +4: Barkley zings a shot wide – will that be his final chance as an Everton player?

4.52pm BST

90 min +3: Arsenal will miss the Champions League but they’ve been pretty good today – beating a good team with only 10 men (although Everton have finished pretty poorly).

4.50pm BST

Well, Arsenal have missed out on the Champions League goal but they do have a brilliant goal to think about over the summer. Ramsey gets the ball on the edge of the area and curls the ball into the top corner. Beautiful.

4.47pm BST

89 min: Iwobi slaloms his way through the Everton defence but once again Robles is on to the chance quickly and snaffles the ball before Arsenal can do any damage.

4.45pm BST

87 min: Holgate does well to block Iwobi’s shot and the ball makes its way towards Welbeck, who can’t force it home. At the other end, we have a corner for Everton, which dribbles away to nothing.

4.42pm BST

84 min: The chances of a sudden collapse letting Arsenal into the Champions League is a little unlikely: Liverpool are 3-0 up and Man City are winning 5-0.

4.41pm BST

81 min: Lukaku has had plenty of chances today and is in space once again but he heads wide. Valencia is replaced by Kone.

4.36pm BST

78 min: Corner for Everton. Mirallas takes and Jagielka gets his head to the ball but it flies over the bar.

4.33pm BST

75 min: An exquisite ball from Ramsey, who finds Ozil with a through ball. But Robles is out quickly to block the German’s shot – the second good save in a one-on-one from the Everton keeper today.

4.31pm BST

71 min: Arsenal will finish with 75 points – four more than they managed last season – if they win, which is the most points a team has ever collected and missed out on the Champions League.

4.26pm BST

67 min: Arsenal fans are concentrating their anger at Michael Oliver, which is fair enough as a) their team are having their worst season in two decades and b) he’s losing control of the game. On the positive note, he did just disallow a goal for Everton after Valencia fouls Mertesacker. Sanchez trots off for Iwobi.

4.22pm BST

64 min: Lee Dixon says Arsenal need shaking up, whoever is in charge of Arsenal next season. Schneiderlin avoids a booking – and a red card – after he trips up Ozil.

4.21pm BST

61 min: Schneiderlin is booked. Will this be the final Premier League game for Wenger? If so, at least he looks like he will go out with a win. And as Arsenal and the Champions League prepare to bear farwell for now, we should remember what a big player they’ve been in Europe under Wenger:

Related: Barcelona 2 – 1 Arsenal

4.17pm BST

Monreal gives away a stupid handball in the area and Lukaku rams the ball past Cech.

4.16pm BST

56 min: Well, this is the most animated the home crowd has been for a while. Ashley Williams, already on a yellow, trips his opponent and the Arsenal fans bay for a red. Williams looks like he’s ready to get sent off but Michael Oliver opts to do nothing. Liverpool are 3-0 up too. It gets worse for Arsenal though …

4.11pm BST

52 min: Gabriel is replaced by Mertesacker, who makes his first appearance of the season after serious injury.

4.10pm BST

51 min: Gabriel appears to have sustained a serious injury. He slid in to challenge Valencia and his knee jarred horribly. He’s in tears and the stretcher is coming on – Michael Oliver wins friends by booking him for the challenge. Liverpool have scored and it’s 2-0 at Anfield.

4.07pm BST

49 min: Robles has been shaky this season but he saved well twice there, first from Welbeck in a one-on-one and then diving down to save the rebound.

4.06pm BST

48 min: Everton have a chance-that-isn’t-really-a-chance-because-Lukaku-was-offside when the Everton striker heads straight at Cech.

4.04pm BST

46 min: And we’re back. The crowd are pretty quiet at Emirates, understandably.

3.49pm BST

So, Arsenal have done their part so far as they chase the final Champions League place. The problem for them is that so have Liverpool, who are leading 1-0. So, at the moment, it’s Man City and Liverpool in the Champions League and Arsenal into the Europa.

3.46pm BST

45 min: I’m not sure how Everton haven’t scored yet. It’s Lukaku again: this time a cross-shot flies across goal. Arsenal have reverted to type and are refusing to defend despite being 2-0 up and needing to win to make the Champions League – and Liverpool have scored at Anfield.

3.44pm BST

44 min: A reminder of why Lukaku is the Premier League’s second top-scorer. The cross comes in and, despite being shoved by Bellerin, he manages to leap and send the ball arcing towards goal – it takes a good save from Cech to deny him.

3.41pm BST

41 min: A lovely cross from Barkley misses just about everyone until Arsenal prod it clear. Everton could easily be level in this game if their finishing at been a little sharper.

3.39pm BST

38 min: Corner for Arsenal after Holgate does well to intercept Bellerin’s cross. Ozil takes but Valencia heads clear and we then flash up to the Arsenal area where three miskicks from Everton ruin any chance of making the game 2-1. Jagielka is so disgusted he kicks poor Ozil and is booked. Both Everton centre-backs are now on yellow.

3.35pm BST

34 min: Holgate sends in a sweeping cross but Cech comes out to gather the ball smartly as Lukaku bears down.

3.31pm BST

31 min: A weird – and important – goal for Arsenal who looked very likely to concede after going down to 10 men. Quite a few Arsenal players had stopped when Everton appealed for offside too – they should be grateful for Welbeck and Sanchez playing to the whistle.

3.29pm BST

Ross Barkley, whose transfer status has officially been moved to WANTAWAY, has come on for Tom Davies. It doesn’t Everton do much good because they concede shortly afgterwards. It’s a strange goal: Sanchez’s shot deflects off Baines to Welbeck and Everton appeal – incorrectly – for offside. In the confusion, Welbeck clips the ball back to Sanchez who drives the ball home.

3.24pm BST

24 min: Gana is penalised for a challenge on Sanchez on the edge of the area. It looked like Gana got the ball – anyway, the free-kick comes to nothing. Man City are 2-0 up, they’re locks for the Champions League now. “That’s too much excitement already,” says a breathless Charles Antaki. “Can the game now be brought to a quiet and dignified end, perhaps some gentle passing back and forth for the next 70 minutes?”

3.21pm BST

21 min: Lukaku drifts past his marker and screws the ball across the six-yard area. Davies narrowly avoids poking the ball home – plenty of holes appearing in the Arsenal defence. It’s almost like they’re missing someone.

3.19pm BST

19 min: Ashley Williams fails to emulate Koscielny – he’s only booked for a violent challenge (a booking was fair though).

3.18pm BST

17 min: Koscielny’s challenge was horribly timed rather than an attempt to deprive Valencia of a future in football. It nearly gets worse for Arsenal too as Lukaku finds himself free in the area and fires over. He was offside anyway.

3.15pm BST

13 min: Everton have their first chance of the game – a shot from outside the area. Cech gathers it comfortably at his near post. Personally, I can’t wait to see Arsenal lose to Barcelona in the Champions League next season. Ooof. Koscielny launched himself at the ankles of Valencia, both feet up and studs sparkling in the sun. Michael Oliver immediately brandishes the red card and Arsenal don’t argue. Valencia looks like he’ll be OK but he could have been seriously injured.

3.10pm BST

10 min: That goal was thoroughly deserved, by the way. Everton have produced very little apart from two immaculate kick-offs. At the moment, Arsenal are in fourth with Liverpool fifth.

3.08pm BST

Told you Bellerin was the most influential player on the planet. The goal comes after a beautiful touch from Ozil leads to the ball being flashed across the six-yard area, where Welbeck manages to miss an open goal. Saving Welbeck from one of the great misses of all time is Bellerin who follows up and puts the ball into the empty net.

3.06pm BST

5 min: Another cross from Bellerin, but this one isn’t quite as impressive as his effort from a few minutes ago. This time it drifts over the bar with Ramsey and Sanchez both in space. Bellerin, who on this five minutes, is the most influential plauyer in history is then tackled by Baines shortly afterwards as he threatens to deliver another cross. Man City have just taken the lead in their game, although the race for fourth was always between Liverpool and Arsenal anyway.

3.03pm BST

3 min: Arsenal are positive – as you may have predicted. Bellerin and Sanchez combine well on the right of the area and the former’s cross is knocked just wide by Welbeck from around six yards out.

3.01pm BST

1 min: And we’re off. A sunny day in north London. Everton get us underway with a big hoik up the pitch that ends in the way most big hoiks do.

2.58pm BST

And the teams are out. To keep track of the day’s standings you can use our live league tables.

2.41pm BST

We’ve also asked you, the fan, what you think of Arsenal and Everton’s seasons (NB: “you” in this scenario may not actually be you). Here are the verdicts:

Arsenal – Bernard Azulay, That summer optimism was snuffed out after we dropped five points in our opening two games. An unbeaten run until mid-December restored hope, but ultimately we lacked the intensity of Spurs and Chelsea. Even if we go on to win the FA Cup it won’t be enough this time to silence the clamour for change (or stop that embarrassing sight of the argument being played out aerially in banner form.) Our debt to Arsène Wenger is far too great for him to deserve being hounded out like this, but if I’m bored of the sound of Wenger’s voice, heaven only knows how he’s supposed to light a fire under those who’ve spent far longer listening to him.

2.38pm BST

There is some prize money up for grabs today, and it dwarfs anything you’ll see at Wimbledon, the Masters or the Under 8s World Ping Pong Championship. In Arsenal’s little mini-league, third place will get £44m, fourth £42m and fifth £39m. And that doesn’t include the small matter of Champions League cash.

2.33pm BST

Whatever happens today, it’s unlikely Wenger’s future will be officially decided until the FA Cup final is decided. That said, a place in the Champions League will be far more likely to see him stay than a win in the FA Cup.

2.28pm BST

Wenger speaks before the game and is asked about his task today. As a reminder, to make the Champions League fifth-place Arsenal need to win and hope Liverpool or Man City slip up (badly, in City’s case). Anyway, here’s Arsene: “Let’s just do our job,” he says. “We have to be relentless from the first to last minute”.

2.18pm BST

All eyes are on Arsenal today but perhaps the most interesting nugget emerging from the team news is that Everton have dropped Ross Barkley from the first team after his recent contract stand off. Lukaku’s future is also cloudy but he’s given the start. For Arsenal, Koscielny and Ramsey’s inclusion were in doubt due to injury but they’re fit to start.

Arsenal v Everton

2.03pm BST

Tom will be here shortly, in the meantime here’s David Hytner on a crucial Sunday for Arsenal:

Arsène Wenger is not a betting man. The Arsenal manager is happy to talk about the odds and, sometimes, to shout them but he would never wager any money on the outcome of a match. To him, it is a fool’s errand and it is so for good reason – the sport is gloriously and maddeningly unpredictable.

Wenger knows what everybody is thinking as he goes into the final day of the Premier League season, with his team sitting fifth, one point behind Liverpool and three behind Manchester City. There are plenty of permutations that would lead to Arsenal squeezing into a Champions League place, but the most basic way of putting it is they must beat Everton at the Emirates Stadium and either Liverpool slip up or City do so badly.

Related: Arsène Wenger seeks another final-day upset to save Arsenal record

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May 19

Arsenal v Everton: match preview

The sweet relief of knowing whether Arsène Wenger intends to remain the manager of Arsenal is close. But before the hyperbole ends Arsenal will attempt to complete their mistimed excellent run of form against Everton. They have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League but only if Liverpool or Manchester City slip up. If not, Arsenal will join Everton in the Europa League. Graham Searles

Kick-off Sunday 3pm

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May 19

Ronald Koeman ‘not confident’ Ross Barkley will stay at Everton next season

• Midfielder has yet to inform manager if he will sign new contract
• Koeman: We need an answer after the weekend

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is not confident Ross Barkley will stay with the club but is “not worried” about the situation.

Koeman says the Toffees are looking for players who operate in Barkley’s position irrespective of whether or not the 23-year-old midfielder signs a new deal, with his current contract expiring in the summer of 2018.

Related: Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the final day of the season

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May 15

MacKenzie leaves Sun ‘by mutual consent’

The columnist’s contract is terminated, the paper says, after a piece on footballer Ross Barkley.

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May 12

Ross Barkley’s winner against Watford could be farewell gift to Everton

Ronald Koeman had demanded a show of responsibility from Ross Barkley and the Everton midfielder obliged at Goodison Park: not with the requested decision on his future but with a match-winning display against Watford. Time will tell, and possibly quickly, whether it is Barkley’s parting gift to his boyhood club.

Related: Chelsea win Premier League title again as Michy Batshuayi sinks West Brom

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May 11

Ronald Koeman raises doubts over Ross Barkley’s future at Everton

• ‘It’s his responsibility and also of his agent to say yes or no,’ says manager
• Watford game on Friday could be player’s last Everton appearance at Goodison

Ross Barkley has been told by Ronald Koeman he has a responsibility to inform Everton whether he intends to sign a new contract and that the club’s offer is non-negotiable.

The midfielder has yet to commit to his boyhood club despite being in talks over a new deal for months and receiving an ultimatum from Koeman to decide his future by the end of this season. Everton host Watford on Friday, in what may prove to be Barkley’s final appearance for the club at Goodison Park, before ending the campaign at Arsenal a week on Sunday, but no resolution to the stand-off is in sight.

Related: Romelu Lukaku tops Mourinho’s list of Manchester United transfer targets

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May 11

Romelu Lukaku tops Mourinho’s list of Manchester United transfer targets

• José Mourinho wants Everton striker to spearhead United attack
• Old Trafford club face fight with Chelsea to sign 23-year-old Belgian

José Mourinho has made Romelu Lukaku a prime summer transfer target, with the Manchester United manager instructing his board to try and prise the 23-year-old from Everton in the next window despite Chelsea also retaining a strong interest.

Lukaku has refused to sign a new deal at Goodison Park, stating in March that he wants to harness his potential to become world class. “You need the platform to show yourself,” he said then, the inference being this cannot be achieved if he remains at Everton.

Related: Wayne Rooney hints he may have to leave Manchester United in summer

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May 10

Everton’s stand-off with Ross Barkley likely to run into the close-season

• Boyhood Evertonian understood to be undecided over his future
• Ronald Koeman wants the answer to plan summer spending

The standoff over Ross Barkley’s new contract at Everton is not expected to be resolved before the end of the season, despite the ultimatum set by Ronald Koeman.

Everton’s manager has made it clear he is prepared to sell the England international this summer should he fail to sign the deal that has been on the table for several months. Koeman has also stated that the club require a final decision from Barkley by the end of this season as they need clarification before starting their summer spending. They are reluctant to let the 23-year-old enter the final 12 months of his current deal.

Related: Rejuvenated Ross Barkley reaps benefits of Everton’s midfield makeover

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