Arsenal were back at Emirates Stadium for a crucial match in the Premier League against Brighton & Hove Albion. With Chelsea having won earlier in the day, Unai Emery’s team knew they had to beat Brighton in order to keep their top four hopes alive.

Arsenal almost made the perfect start to the game when Henrikh Mkhitaryan hit a skidding effort from the edge of the box against Ryan’s right post. The Gunners’ high press and quick attacking transitions were causing Brighton problems. Nacho Monreal was fouled in the box and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted the penalty to give Arsenal the early lead. In the latter stages of the half Arsenal pushed the away team’s defence deeper and deeper, and goalkeeper Ryan made some excellent saves to deny Shkodran Mustafi, Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan.

The second half saw Brighton showing their threat on the counter-attack. Bernd Leno had already saved from March earlier on in the half, and then the Brighton wide player was clipped by Granit Xhaka after making another strong run into the box. Murray scored the penalty to equalise. Arsenal had half an hour to find a goal and attacked in numbers with an increasing amount of risks having to be taken at the back. Aubameyang came close to scoring a spectacular volley from a Xhaka corner and he also hit a scissor-kick inches wide of the left upright. Brighton almost got a late winner at the other end, but the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Unai Emery’s Arsenal team now focus on the Europa League semi-final second leg against Valencia CF on Thursday night.