Tuesday 30th May, 2017
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It is the moment when ordinary fans transform into body language experts. The final day of the season and the so-called lap of appreciation, which given Arsenal's plight this season would be better described as a lap of depreciation.

Who's waving a little too energetically as they hold their infant child by their shoulder? Who looks suspiciously misty-eyed? This kind of scrutiny will be nothing new for Alexis Sanchez of course: studying his body language has become a cottage industry in its own right this season. Column inches have been dedicated to discarded gloves, arms thrown up in the air, angry gesticulations and, against Swansea back in January, a jacket placed over the head.

Everton

Finishing below Tottenham for the first time since 1995 and, if confirmed at the weekend, slipping out of the top-four for the first time under Arsene Wenger would both be significant indicators of Arsenal's decline as a force. Losing their best player amid a contract standoff when the club are now supposed to be equipped to operate at the top of the game would arguably be equally as telling.

For the supporters, it is more simple. Sunday could be the last time they see Sanchez at Emirates Stadium -- in an Arsenal shirt at least. Despite the rumblings around tensions in the dressing room, and the eruption of controversy around his exclusion from the starting XI at Liverpool, he has comfortably been the best thing about this season and consistently the most exciting player to watch. It is an uncomfortable realisation that he may have only 90 minutes left of his Emirates Stadium career.

The FA Cup final is the true coda to the season but when Sanchez strolls around the stadium with the other Arsenal players following the final whistle against Everton, it may effectively be his goodbye moment, and a painful one at that.

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