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Emery Shifts Focus To Europa League After Missing Out On EPL Top 4

Emery Shifts Focus To Europa League After Missing Out On EPL  Top 4

Arsenal boss Unai Emery, says his side will turn their focus to the Europa League after hopes of a top-four Premier League finish were effectively ended following a 1-1 draw with Brighton at The Emirates on Sunday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Arsenal in front at Emirates Stadium with a ninth-minute penalty after Alireza Jahanbakhsh was judged to have fouled Nacho Monreal despite appearing to get the ball.

Glenn Murray’s penalty just after the hour mark gave Brighton a deserved draw.

“We knew it was going to be difficult but our focus is now the Europa League,” Emery, who won the competition three times in a row with Sevilla, told BBC Sport.

“We have the opportunity in the Europa League to do something important and we will try and do that.”

The Gunners are three points behind Tottenham in fourth with one game to play but would need an eight-goal swing, as well as results going their way, to overtake their rivals.

Barring that highly improbable scenario, Arsenal will need to win the Europa League to play in the Champions League next season and take a 3-1 advantage into their semi-final second-leg in Valencia on Thursday.

On the final day of the Premier League on Sunday, 12 May, Arsenal are away at Burnley, while Brighton host Manchester City.

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