Arsenal’s probabilities of a top-four end within the Premier League look forlorn after Granit Xhaka’s error gifted Burnley a 1-1 draw on Saturday, whereas Southampton ended a nine-game winless run by beating Sheffield United 2-0. The Gunners’ greatest hope of a return to the Champions League for the primary time in 5 years now lies in profitable the Europa League after letting two extra factors slip away at Turf Moor.
Mikel Arteta’s males stay in 10th, 9 factors adrift of the highest 4 and with that hole sure to develop on Sunday when fourth performs fifth as Chelsea tackle Everton.
“It is really complicated. I have a feeling with the way that we are playing at the moment that we can win any game,” Arteta stated.
“But if you are giving something to the opponent anything can happen. This is where we have the biggest margin for improvement.”
Arsenal couldn’t have requested for a greater begin as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took benefit of some sluggish defending and a sluggish response from England goalkeeper Nick Pope to squeeze dwelling his 14th aim of the season after simply six minutes.
Xhaka was stupidly sent-off when the edges final met in December within the midst of a run of 1 win in 10 video games that gave Arsenal a mountain to climb to get again within the race for a European place.
The Swiss midfielder had one other afternoon to neglect as six minutes earlier than half-time he inexplicably fired the ball into the midriff of Chris Wood and the ball ricocheted into the web off the New Zealand striker.
Arsenal ought to nonetheless have gained the sport after the break as Erik Pieters escaped one robust penalty shout for handball after which noticed a purple card and a penalty rescinded by a VAR assessment for an additional shot that got here again off the Dutchman’s shoulder.
Dani Ceballos additionally hit the publish in a frantic finale, however Burnley held on for a degree to edge seven away from the underside three.
– Saints sigh of reduction –
Southampton at the moment are 10 factors away from the relegation zone after easing fears they might be dragged right into a battle for survival.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s males topped the desk in November, however a run of 1 level from a doable 27 had them trying over their shoulders.
However, the Championship-bound Blades proved the right opponents for Southampton regardless of dropping prime scorer Danny Ings to an early harm.
James Ward-Prowse’s penalty opened the scoring simply after the half hour mark earlier than Che Adams registered his first aim in 17 video games with a blistering strike into the highest nook on 49 minutes.
Sheffield United stay 12 factors adrift of security with simply 10 extra video games to save lots of themselves.
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