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Arsenal blew their chances of finishing in the top four after a disappointing draw versus Brighton

Arsenal's top four hopes are all but over after the 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion. It was the season's final home game at the Emirates Stadium but Unai Emery failed to end his first English domestic campaign on a happy note. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored an early goal through a penalty after Nacho Monreal was brought down in the opposition's box. Glenn Murray brought parity through a penalty as well after Granit Xhaka's lethargic foul gave Brighton the penalty at the hour mark. Here are the five talking points from the game:


#5 Europa league, the last hope for Arsenal

For weeks, it was "who wants the top-four spots more" but with the disastrous form of the four teams competing, one can say that Manchester United and Arsenal wanted it the least. Gunners were looking to end up on the 3rd spot at one time, ahead of their arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspurs, but yet again their dismal performances have ended their hopes of Champions League football through domestic competition. They have to win the final game of the season by seven goals and at the same time expect Spurs to lose against Everton. Their only realistic hope to get a Champions League football after two seasons is to win the Europa League.


#4 Brighton welcomed their safety with a smile

Chris Hughton's side has been under tremendous pressure since the start of the year. Their poor performances forced them to get involved in the relegation battle against Cardiff City. Yesterday, Crystal Palace defeated Cardiff City 2-3 to confirm that it was the Bluebirds who will be heading to the Championship next season and not the Seagulls. This sigh of relief was celebrated by the visitors with a point against a big side like Arsenal. They will finish the season at their home ground and welcome the defending champions Manchester City. Liverpool's fans will be hoping for a big favour from the Seagulls. Can they deliver?


#3 Aubameyang adds spice to Golden boot race

Salah's goal at the St. James' Park makes him a heavy favourite to retain the PL Golden boot after winning it last year. He is leading the pack with 22 goals to his name but Sergio Aguero, Sadio Mane and now Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are right behind him with 20 goals each. Today's penalty aided Aubameyang to reach the 20-goal mark in his first season in England. He has been a bright spark amidst the dull and mundane performances of his team. Can he snatch the Golden Boot away from the Egyptian in the final Matchday?


#2 Defensive reinforcements a must for Arsenal

Just like Manchester United need a whole new-look defence, Arsenal also needs some fresh faces at the back. Barring Hector Bellerin, who has been injured, Unai Emery needs to ponder on every position in his backline, especially the centre-defence. Against Brighton today, they were all over the sea. Mustafi and Sokratis had another poor day at the office. The defensive midfield is also a big headache for the manager after Granit Xhaka's poor performances all season long. Today as well, he was the major culprit because he conceded a poor penalty when he tried to hinder March's run to the near post. It will be a big few weeks for Unai Emery. He needs to qualify for the Champions League football and also bring the right type of centre defenders and midfielders into the side.


#1 From a Boy to the Man

Aaron Ramsey was forced to see the final game of the season from the stands after picking up an injury against Napoli in the Europa League. He was given a rapturous reception when entering into the field to collect his accolade. It was a very emotional day for Ramsey and his supporters as he was leaving after spending so many years with the Reds. Juventus came calling for him after his contract entered in its final year. Even after declaring his move to Italy, he didn't allow his performances to fall and remains as one of the best players for Arsenal this season. He has made over 350 appearances for Arsenal, 262 alone in Premier League. In those League games, he has scored 40 goals and has assisted 46 times. 
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