Premier League: Arsenal’s top-four hopes left hanging by a thread after being held to attract by lowly Brighton


London: Arsenal’s probabilities of qualifying for the Champions League through a top-four end within the Premier League have been all however snuffed out on Sunday as they have been held 1-1 by lowly Brighton.

The draw leaves Unai Emery’s males in fifth spot, three factors behind north London rivals Tottenham, who’ve a far superior aim distinction, and means they will not catch Chelsea, who’ve 71 factors.

Arsenal have been held to a draw by Brighton at dwelling. Reuters/Hannah McKay

Leaders Liverpool and Manchester City have already sealed the highest two spots forward of the ultimate spherical of Premier League fixtures subsequent weekend.

Arsenal also can attain the Champions League by profitable the Europa League and they’re in a powerful place to achieve the ultimate, 3-1 up after the house leg of their semi-final in opposition to Valencia.

Emery made 5 modifications for his or her ultimate Premier League dwelling recreation, juggling the membership’s league ambitions with Thursday’s second leg in Valencia, together with remembers for Nacho Monreal, Lucas Torreira and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Arsenal have been spectacular within the early levels on the Emirates and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck from the penalty spot within the ninth minute after Monreal was introduced down within the space by Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

The guests, whose Premier League survival was assured when Cardiff misplaced at dwelling to Crystal Palace on Saturday, got here again strongly, placing stress on a nervy dwelling facet however Aubameyang went shut shortly earlier than half-time.

Brighton levelled from a disputed penalty within the 61st minute.

Solly March went down beneath minimal contact from Granit Xhaka and Glenn Murray discovered the online from the ensuing spot-kick.

Aubameyang missed a golden likelihood to revive Arsenal’s lead as the house facet poured ahead and Ryan blocked an effort from Alexandre Lacazette.

Emery then made a triple substitution, throwing on Matteo Guendouzi, Alex Iwobi and Sead Kolasinac for Mkhitaryan, Xhaka and Lichtsteiner however regardless of frantic late Arsenal stress, they might not discover a winner.

They have a aim distinction of +20, in comparison with Tottenham’s +28, that means Spurs, who host Everton subsequent week, are nearly assured of ending the season in fourth spot.

Arsenal journey to face Burnley of their ultimate league recreation.

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