Arsenal face the already-relegated Aston Villa in a match that will stream live on Sunday as part of a full schedule of Barclays Premier League contests on the final day of the 2015-2016 season. With the league title already decided, as well as the three relegation slots also settled, the Gunners’ quest for their highest league finish since 2005 makes for one of the few suspenseful storylines of the climactic day.
Arsenal sit in third place with 68 points, just two points behind arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who are already guaranteed their highest finish of the Premier League era, which began with the 1993-1994 campaign. Since then, Spurs have placed in the top four only two times, finishing fourth in both 2009-2010 and 2011-2012.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 15, 2016
Tottenham also faces a relegation-bound side as Spurs travel to Newcastle in a match that will also stream live on Sunday. If Tottenham wins or ties they will finish in second place, and Arsenal will remain third on the table — which to their fans would add one more disappointment to an already disappointing season.
An Arsenal victory over Aston Villa combined with a Tottenham defeat to Newcastle gives Manager Arsene Wenger’s side — which will head to to the UEFA Champions League for the 19th straight time next season — a second-place finish.
Aston Villa, who have experienced a grim season to say the least, need a win just to reach 20 points on the season. An unlikely victory over Arsenal would be only the fourth win of the 38-game season for Aston Villa, who head back to the Championship for 2016-2017.
Watch a preview of the game pitting Arsenal against Aston Villa — who have not beaten the Gunners since August 17, 2013, and have lost five straight to Arsenal — in the NBC Sports video below.
To watch a live stream of the season finale Arsenal vs. Aston Villa match, see the streaming links in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. British Summer Time — the same time as all 10 season-ending Barclays Premier League games on Sunday — at Emirates Stadium in London, England.
Fans in the United States can log in to the live stream at 10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 7 a.m. Pacific.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 12, 2016
Despite a chance at their highest league finish in 11 seasons, Arsenal’s season is regarded as a serious letdown by the Gunners fans, many of whom are calling for the sacking of longtime manager Wenger, whose contract extends through the 2016-2017 season.
In addition to failing to bring home the Premier League title — which went in historic fashion to 5000-1 shot Leicester City — Arsenal, again, were dumped from the UEFA Champions League in the Round of 16 stage. And adding a final insult, the Gunners will relinquish the FA Cup trophy which they have held for two years straight.
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To watch a live stream of the 194th clash pitting Arsenal against their rival from the Midlands, Aston Villa, from the Gunners home of Emirates Stadium in the English capital city of London, use the link provided by NBC Sports Live Extra which can be found by clicking here, or download the NBC Sports Live Extra app to watch the crucial Premier League match on mobile devices. The Newcastle vs. Tottenham Hotspur match will also stream live at the above NBC Sports Live Extra link, as will all 10 Barclays Premier League A list of possible alternatives for streaming the Arsenal vs. Aston Villa match can be accessed at this link. A live radio broadcast stream of Arsenal vs. Aston Villa can be heard via the Westwood One network online at this link, or on mobile devices using the TuneIn Radio app.
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