Here's how much money Arsenal will lose if the club fails to qualify for the Champions League

Arsene WengerLaurence Griffiths / Getty ImagesArsenal has played Champions League football every season since 1998 but that run may soon come to an end.

LONDON — For 19 straight seasons, Arsene Wenger has secured Arsenal a place in the Champions League. But it’s a record under threat.

With five Premier League games left of the 2016/17 campaign, the team is five points off a top-four finish that will hand it a spot among Europe’s elite.

The threat of failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League competition is real — and the North Londoner’s could stand to miss out on a substantial amount of money as a result.

In the 2015/2016 season alone, Arsenal received €53.4 million (£45 million) of Champions League revenue, according to UEFA. This includes €22.3 million from on-field success (Arsenal reached the round of 16) and €31.1 million in TV revenue.

It could be higher for the current 2016/17 season, when Arsenal banked €25.7 million after reaching the last 16 again. TV revenues are yet to be revealed for this year.

In short: No Champions League football could blow a hole of at least £45 million in Arsenal’s finances.

This has the potential to turn the club into a loss-making business after it reported pre-tax profits of £12.6 million in the year to November 2016.

But what about the Europa League?

It is not all bad news, though. Arsenal is guaranteed a place in the Europa League after reaching the FA Cup final. The competition may have its detractors but it is still a respectable trophy to win.

Chelsea Europa LeagueJamie McDonald / Getty ImagesChelsea won the Europa League in 2013.

But the Europa League does not generate anywhere near as much money as the Champions League.

According to UEFA’s official 2016/2017 Europa League revenue figures, the most a British club can earn is just over €27 million (£23 million) — and that’s only if it lifts the trophy. So, if Arsenal won the Europa League next season, it would — at best — take home around half its £45 million Champions League earnings.

It’s little wonder a place in Europe’s premier football competition is so coveted.

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