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Arsenal could replace Man City in Champions League as Prem champs face European ban



– Arsenal could takeover Man City’s UCL spot if the EPL champions are axed by UEFA

– Man City are facing a possible ban over issues bothering on breaches of alleged financial fair play

– The EPL champions have been repeatedly linked with flouting Financial Fair Play (FFP)

Arsenal are likely to be handed a Champions League lifeline if Man City get a ban from Europe’s football governing body UEFA.

According to UK Sun, the Etihad dwellers are facing a possible ban from UEFA, over issues bothering on breaches of alleged financial fair play.

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The Premier League champs are under probe by UEFA for providing “unconvincing” explanations over the club’s finances.

However, Arsenal are waiting to benefit from City’s setback as it offers another window for Unai Emery’s side to return to Europe, despite finishing fifth at the end of the campaign.

At it stands, Arsenal were banking on beating Chelsea in the Europa League final on May 29, to qualify for Champions League.

The Gunners missed out of a top four finish after suffering three straight defeats in April – against Crystal Palace, Wolves and Leicester.

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Arsenal ended the season on fifth spot, one behind North London neighbours Tottenham, two behind London rivals Chelsea and four points ahead of sixth-place Man United.

Interestingly, City have been repeatedly linked with flouting Financial Fair Play (FFP), with “Football Leaks” document revealing series of allegations.

UEFA are accusing Man City of “several alleged violations” of FFP regulations during its formal probe in March.

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Initial inquiries commenced last year after the Football Leaks reports.

According Der Spiegel, Man City allegedly failed to disclose about £70m funds from owners Abu Dhabi United Group – the financial arm of the Emirate’s ruling family, declaring it was sponsorship income.

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