The Gunners manager Unai Emery, has now said that 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, said.
“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.
Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen poked fun at Arsenal after their 1-1 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion handing Spurs a massive advantage in the race for a top-four Premier League finish.
Spurs lost 1-0 at Bournemouth on Saturday, with Son Heung-min and Juan Foyth sent off, and their defeat had boosted Arsenal’s hopes of claiming the final Champions League qualification place. But Arsenal seemingly blew it at Emirates Stadium the following day.
Spurs, who will be hosting Everton on the final day of the season, have a three-point cushion from their north London rivals, as well as an eight-goal advantage on goal difference.