Arsenal 1 Brighton 1
Aubameyang 9, pen, Murray 61, pen

Arsenal stuttered to a tame draw against Brighton in their last home Premier League game of the season, the result all but confirms that they will finish outside of the top for. An unlikely sequence of an Arsenal eight goal margin win at Burnley, coupled with a Spurs loss means that the Gunners will have to give it their all in the Europa League. They lead 3-1 from their first leg against Valencia and will hope to cement their place in the final where either Chelsea or Eintracht Frankfurt could stand in their way. Having taken the lead against a Brighton side who scraped away from the drop, when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his 20th Premier League goal of the season from the spot after Alireza Jahanbakhsh impeded Nacho Monreal, the Gunners should have gone ahead to claim the three points, but the visitors had other ideas.

Bernd Leno was having a not too brilliant day, he almost gifted Solly March the leveller through a poor kick out, but he did atone for a below par performance with some good saves in the latter part of the match, When Granit Xhaka’s arm brushed March, the Brighton striker went down in the area, and Glenn Murray sent Leno the wrong way from the penalty spot. The lively Yves Bissouma caused the Arsenal rearguard a few problems, with Stephan Lichsteiner being exposed on more than one occasion.

It was a flat end to Arsenal’s home campaign. The loss to Crystal Palace followed by successive away day losses at Wolves and Leicester means that out Arsenal have claimed a solitary point from a possible twelve. The last Premier League game at Burnley will be another tough affair, but which time Unai Emery’s side will know if they will be in the Europa League final in Baku on May 29th.

Emery has won this competition three times in the past, and that may have been in Arsenal’s mindset in his appointment when they realised that the Premier League top four finish is an even harder ask, while Champions League qualification via the Europa League was what was realistically achievable. Either way, the Gunners have now had almost a whole season under Emery and his methods. Who comes in for the departing Aaron Ramsey, and the ability to keep the nucleus of the side together will be vital for Emery. Winning his fourth Europa League cup will certainly help ease a few fears in N5 today.