Would Everton fans rather beat Arsenal or lose and see Liverpool fail?

Fans applaud Everton's Gareth Barry as he is substituted

Everton have a key role to play in whether Arsenal or Liverpool qualify for next season's Champions League.

Fans applaud Everton's Gareth Barry as he is substitutedFans applaud Everton's Gareth Barry as he is substituted

Although their place in next season's Europa League has already been confirmed, Everton still hold quite a lot of power when it comes to Champions League qualification.

That is because the Toffees' final game of the 2016/17 Premier League campaign is at Arsenal, a side who still have outside hopes of a top four finish.

Manchester City, currently in third, are away at struggling Watford and know that their place is more-or-less safe barring a five-goal swing that sees them lose at Vicarage Road and the Gunners beating Everton.

For fourth-placed Liverpool things are a little more perilous. If they beat Middlesbrough at home on the final day then a Champions League spot is theirs regardless of other results. If they lose or draw, suddenly there is an opening for Arsenal.

And so to the big question being debated on Toffees fan forums - would supporters rather see them beat Arsene Wenger's side, or lose and watch the Reds drop out of the top four?

Arsenal's Francis Coquelin in action with Everton's Ross BarkleyArsenal's Francis Coquelin in action with Everton's Ross Barkley

It is a quandary that divides opinion. Some say real fans would always want to see their team win and that by beating Arsenal at the Emirates, it would be a signal of intent that they can finish above them next term.

Others argue that with European football already secured, for bragging rights in the city wouldn't it be better to see Liverpool alongside them in the Europa League rather than lording it over them in the Champions League?

Depending on results elsewhere, the reaction from the away support in North London on Sunday could be extremely varied, whatever the outcome.

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