Arsenal could miss out on the Champions League next season after they could only play out a 1-1 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion in their penultimate league game of this season.
The Gunners were only able to secure a draw at home to the Seagulls to make Champions League qualification difficult via the league route this shifting the focus solely on the Europa League if the North Londoners want to play with the big boys of European football next season.
Arsenal started the Brighton game well and they were rewarded when Gunners defender Nacho Monreal was brought down in the opposition box thus paving the way for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to put the hosts ahead from the spot.
Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan kept his side in the game with a couple of decent saves from the likes of Aubameyang and Shkrodan Mustafi.
His saves were crucial for the Seagulls who were already saved from relegation before kickoff due to Cardiff City’s 3-2 home loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday evening.
Brighton scored the equaliser just after the halftime through a Glenn Murray penalty after Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka needlessly brought down Solly March and they held on to that solitary point till the full-time whistle.
That goal from Glenn Murray was crucial as he denied Arsenal the realistic chance to fight for the top four on the final day of this Premier League season due to their inferior goal difference to rivals Tottenham Hotspur who have three points more with a game left to play.
Unai Emery Provides Update On These Two Player’s Futures
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has given an update on the contract situation of his star players, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gunners’ boss confirmed that they are working on new deals for the two players.
Unai Emery spoke about the two players during his pre-match press conference ahead of the Premier League clash with Burnley.
Arsenal host Burnley in their second league game of the season having opened their account with a 1-0 away win over Newcastle United.
Gabonese international star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal of the game to give the Gunners an opening day win.
The Premier League clash between Arsenal and Burnley at the Emirates Stadium is the first game for week two.
Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are expected to feature for the Gunners against Burnley.
The two attackers have been instrumental to the Gunners’ quest for major honours and it’s not surprising that club officials want to tie them down to respective deals.
Aubameyang has two years left on his current contract at the Emirates Stadium, while strike partner Alexandre Lacazette has three years left on his own contract.
Aubameyang scored 31 goals in all competitions for Arsenal in the last campaign, while Lacazette hit 19 goals for the Gunners.
Unai Emery Changed His Mind, Releases Squad For Burnley Game
North London giants Arsenal have named their provisional squad ahead of the league meeting with Burnley.
Arsenal will host Burnley at the Emirates Stadium in what’s the first game of week two matches in the Premier League.
The big news for the Gunners is that Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac are available for selection again after their recent woes with criminals in London.
The two players have been targeted by gangs in the capital thus prompting the Metropolitan Police to open an investigation into the situation.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery confirmed earlier in the week that the two players have returned to the squad after missing the Premier League opener at Newcastle United.
Ozil and Kolasinac were conspicuously absent as Pierre-Aubameyang scored the only goal of the game to hand Arsenal a 1-0 win at the home of Newcastle United.
Strike partner Alexandre Lacazette was an unused substitute because of a little ankle issue for the Newcastle game but the Frenchman has recovered fully to take his place in the squad for the league clash with the Clarets.
Arsenal’s provisional squad: Bernd Leno, Emiliano Martinez, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Shkrodan Mustafi, David Luiz, Sokratis Papasthathopoulos Sokratis, Calum Chambers, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac, Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, Mohamed Elneny, Joe Willock, Dani Ceballos, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Nicolas Pepe, Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Martinelli.
Nigerian Striker Trains With Arsenal Ahead Of League Clash
Young Nigerian forward Bukayo Saka was one of the players in training as Arsenal prepared for the visit to Burnley in what’s a Premier League clash.
Arsenal welcome Burnley to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon for their second Premier League game of the season and the first match of week two games in the division.
Ahead of the Burnley, Bukayo Saka trained with the Arsenal first team on Friday afternoon as he was spotted with jersey number 77.
Bukayo Saka came through the Arsenal ranks before making his first team debut last season.
The 17-year-old played in his first game for Arsenal in November 2018.
He was involved in five games during preseason.
Bukayo Saka faces a big hurdle and the young Nigerian attacker will need to overcome it to make the Arsenal squad for the Burnley game with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Reiss Nelson, Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli all ahead of him in the pecking order of the Arsenal attack.
Arsenal fans would be hoping the team can make two successive wins at the start of the new Premier League season when they welcome the Clarets to North London.
The Gunners opened their Premier League account this season with the 1-0 away win over Newcastle United.
Aubameyang scored the only goal of the game.
Arsenal Legend Predicts ‘Struggle’ For Chelsea
Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas is certain that Chelsea will struggle to achieve results this season.
The Arsenal and Celtic legend made this known while he was doing his punditry job on Sky Sports.
Charlie Nicholas predicted pain and suffering for Chelsea who were unable to improve their squad this summer as a result of the transfer ban slammed on them by FIFA.
According to him, Frank Lampard has to rely on young players this season and that will be difficult for the club legend to achieve a lot with the current situation.
The former Arsenal striker also talked about the Blues’ upcoming league clash with Leicester City as he praised the quality of the Foxes under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers.
According to Charlie Nicholas, Chelsea will lose 2-1 to Leicester City in the game scheduled for Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.
Frank Lampard and Chelsea will be playing their first game of the season at home when they entertain the Foxes at Stamford Bridge.
It would be the first competitive game for new manager Frank Lampard at home.
Chelsea started their season with the 4-0 thrashing at the home of Manchester United before the UEFA Super Cup defeat to Liverpool on Wednesday night.
La Liga: Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao (Full List)
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has named a 19-man squad for the Spanish La Liga opener against Athletic Bilbao on Friday night.
Ernesto Valverde and his Barcelona players travel to San Mames to take on Atheltic Bilbao in what’s the first game of the new Spanish La Liga season.
The big news is that Barcelona will be without the services of skipper and talisman Lionel Messi.
The petite Argentine superstar will miss the game after sustaining a thigh injury in training.
The injury ensured that Messi missed the final preseason games against Napoli including the final match which ended in a 4-0 win over the Italian Serie A giants.
Barcelona got their goals through the trio of Antoine Griezmann (first goal for his new club), Luis Suarez (a brace) and long-term Arsenal target Ousmane Dembele.
Lionel Messi returned to Barcelona earlier this month after an extended break on the back of his participation with Argentina at the COPA America tournament in Brazil.
Full Squad: Marc Andre Ter Stegen, Nelson Semedo, Gerard Piqué, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Philippe Coutinho, Denis Suárez, Ousmane Dembélé, Rafinha, Christian Lenglet, Antoine Griezmann, Jordi Alba, Carles Aleñá, Sergi Roberto, Frenkie De Jong, Samuel Umtiti, Junior, Iñaki Peña and Carlos Pérez.
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