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Sunday 13 May 2012

Arsenal secure UEFA Champions League berth

Gunners finish third, Tottenham fourth and Newcastle have to settle for fifth

Arsenal's Andre Santos fires in a brilliant equaliser and they won 3-2 at West Brom

Everton 3-1 Newcastle United
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Fulham
West Bromwich Albion 2-3 Arsenal

Arsenal secured their place in the UEFA Champions League next season as they won a five-goal thriller at West Bromwich Albion to finish third in the Barclays Premier League.

The Gunners finished a point above Tottenham Hotspur, who won 2-0 at home to Fulham, with Newcastle United, who lost 3-1 at Everton, back in fifth place.

Arsenal are now assured of their place in next season's competition, while Tottenham must wait to see what happens in the Champions League final in Munich next weekend.

If Chelsea beat Bayern Munich, then they would take Spurs' place in the Champions League and Spurs would drop into the UEFA Europa League.

Arsenal went ahead early at West Brom when Yossi Benayoun drilled in, but the Baggies scored twice in quick succession through Shane Long and Graham Dorrans to go 2-1 ahead.

Andre Santos rifled in a leveller to give Arsenal renewed hope, and defender Laurent Koscielny bundled in a second-half winner after a mistake from WBA keeper Marton Fulop.

Tottenham secured fourth with a routine victory at White Hart Lane over Fulham, with Emmanuel Adebayor scoring with only two minutes on the clock and Jermain Defoe wrapping it up just after the hour mark.

Newcastle's sensational season ended with defeat as Alan Pardew's men had to settle for a place in the Europa League next term.

Steven Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic put the Toffees 2-0 up at half-time, and John Heitinga secured the points by heading in a right-wing cross after the break.

The Magpies pulled one back when Tony Hibbert headed into his own net, but it was not enough to get them back into the match.

Everton v Newcastle match information
Tottenham v Fulham match information
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Key Points

  • Arsenal secure Champions League place next year by beating West Brom
  • Tottenham finish fourth with 2-0 win over Fulham
  • Newcastle United lost 3-1 at Everton and are fifth