Arsenal had the chance to move to within a point of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday following Spurs’ 1-0 loss to Bournemouth 24 hours earlier.
However, Unai Emery’s side were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion at The Emirates to squander the chance to revive their top-four challenge.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang broke the deadlock in the ninth minute from the penalty spot but Glenn Murray equalised for the visitors in the second half.
Arsenal are in fifth place and three points behind Spurs but their north London rivals have a superior goal difference of eight.
Barring a Tottenham meltdown in their final fixture of the season at home to Everton, Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be playing Champions League football next season.
Speaking at his post-match media conference after Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Brighton, Emery vowed that the Gunners will be much better and consistent next term.
“At the moment, for us and for me, we’ve spoken with the players,” Emery said.
“The Premier League is the best competition to give us our regularity, our consistency. If we are 27 points behind the leaders, that’s the difference. But we are going to work and build up our future.
“This season is also about learning and continuing to create our way. Our way is in the future to make the difference in the table less to these teams.”
Arsenal were 3-1 winners against Valencia in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday night to take control of the tie.
The Gunners will make the return trip to the Mestalla on Thursday where they’ll hope to secure their progress to the final.
Arsenal will take on either Chelsea FC or Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League final should they get past Valencia.
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