Arsenal’s top-four hopes over after Brighton & Hove Albion draw
Arsenal hopes of finishing in the top four this season have been effectively ended by a 1-1 draw at home to Brighton & Hove Albion this afternoon.
Results earlier in the day meant that only a win would be enough for Unai Emery’s side, but Glenn Murray’s second-half penalty cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener – which also came from the spot – at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners are not yet mathematically out of the running with three points now separating them from fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, but they would need to win, Spurs to lose and an eight-goal swing in goal difference on the final day to leapfrog their local rivals.
Instead Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League now look reliant on them winning the Europa League, where they already have one foot in the final courtesy of their 3-1 win over Valencia in the first leg of the semi-final in midweek.