Europa League success can still be secured, which would over the Gunners a route back into the Champions League, but AC Milan await at the last-16 stage and there are still several other heavyweight outfits setting their sights on continental glory. Well, that was until they played Arsenal on Sunday afternoon. Glenn Murray doubled the lead with his 11th but Aubameyang pulled one back two minutes before the interval.
Xhaka has had his fair share of criticism from Arsenal fans this season but Henry praised the Switzerland worldwide for his role in the Gunners' goal in the first half.
More misery for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Today's demotion to the bench is the first time the Spanish global has been dropped all season.
"The fact we got the two goals early gave us that buffer that we could hang onto but over the 90 minutes I felt we were worthy winners". Ezequiel Schelotto's run and cross forced a corner on the left and Pascal Gross's kick was knocked back across goal by a combination of Duffy's head and Petr Cech's fists for Dunk to blast home. Laurent Koscielny's loose pass from the back was recycled to Gross and his inch-perfect delivery was thudded home by Murray, whose downward header skidded under Cech. Cech, once again, should have done much better.
And that was enough to spark chants of "We want Wenger out" in the away end.
"When you've lost five out of the last seven in the Premier League, anybody else would be thinking "I'm going to lose my job".
The game started well, albeit against a side that shouldn't have caused the problems that they did, with Arsene Wenger's side playing the better football and creating a few early chances within the first few minutes of play.
Brighton looked comfortable but Arsenal found a lifeline shortly before half-time, Aubameyang flicked Granit Xhaka's low cross in cleverly.
Many believe this is the worst side to have ever played under Wenger, despite boasting the talented likes of Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Aubameyang.