Arsenal Top Four ambitions dented by Brighton
Arsenal will have to pump eight goals past Burnley in their last game of the season and hope Tottenham are beaten if they are to finish in the Top four; this coming after being held to a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium by Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.
With a Chelsea win, United draw and a Spurs loss, Arsenal had a perfect opportunity to boost their top four hopes and they did just that when Aubameyang put them in the lead in the ninth minute from the spot.
Jahanbakhsh took down Monreal on the edge of the box with the Brighton man getting the man and not the ball, resulting in Anthony Taylor pointing to the spot. Up stepped the Gabonese striker to drill the effort into the bottom left-hand corner, with Ryan diving the other way; a lead they were to maintain to the break.
Brighton whose stay at the top flight had been confirmed on Saturday after Cardiff lost was to restore parity on the hour mark though Glenn Murray from the spot. Granit Xhaka after failing to have an impact with his own set-pieces decided to pull back March in the box with the referee pointing to the spot.
The ex-Stockport striker kept his calm from the spot to side-foot the ball to Leno’s left as the goalkeepers go the wrong way for his 200th career goal.
Brighton had a glorious opportunity to score a second five minutes from time but fluffed their chance. A cross from the right was headed at goal by Andone but Leno saved straight into Gross’ path but he completely miss-kicked it to send the ball out to the corner flag when he was three yards out from an open goal.
Arsenal piled late pressure with some changes but they couldn’t find a way past a resilient Brighton side who did the defence for the better part of the last minutes.