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Costly Error: Arsenal Pay Penalty In Brighton Draw

Amuda Segun

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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.

I am Segun Amuda , Journalist at Thewistle.com. You can also find my articles here on topics related to Football. Outside Blogging, I have a keen interest in watching English Premier League Games. For any queries or issues related to articles on our website, kindly get in touch.