Ten-man Arsenal beat Everton 3-1 on Sunday to complete their Premier League campaign with a fifth successive win but there was no last-day reprieve for their top-four hopes. First-half goals by Hector Bellerin and Alexis Sanchez and a stoppage-time effort by Aaron Ramsey sealed the win but Liverpool and Manchester City also romped to victories to leave Arsenal fifth, their lowest finish since Arsene Wenger arrived to take charge in 1996. Arsenal will be missing from the Champions League for the first time in 20 years next season and although this campaign could yet end with a third FA Cup triumph in four seasons there was a sense of unrest around the Emirates. Bellerin put Arsenal ahead after eight minutes from close range after Danny Welbeck missed his kick. Laurent Koscielny was sent off for a reckless tackle on Enner Valencia -- a rush of blood that will rule him out of the FA Cup final against Chelsea -- but Everton were not in the mood to try and capitalise. The marking was non...

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