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Watch Arsenal save penalty, still fall behind to lowly Southampton

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Watch Arsenal save penalty, still fall behind to lowly Southampton

James Ward-Prowse ultimately sent the Emirates into a panic. 

Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette ultimately salvaged a 2-2 draw in the 96th minute, but Southampton's midfielder gave his club a 2-1 lead in the 71st minute Saturday, following up his own rebound after Gunners keeper Bernd Leno saved his penalty.

After Danny Ings caught their defense napping in the eighth minute, Arsenal equalized 10 minutes later through Lacazette. The Gunners seemed well on their way to all through points after playing on the front foot for the vast majority of the second half, but the Saints were able to capitalize on the counter-attack.

Just minutes after Southampton's Cédric Soares failed to pass across the face of goal to wide-open teammate Nathan Redmond, Arsenal left back Kieran Tierney pulled Ings down in the box. A VAR check determined that Ings was not offside before the penalty.

Lacazette made up for it with his second equalizer, but the reaction from Arsenal supporters was hushed at best. When the full-time whistle blew, fans at the Emirates booed the team off the pitch, just as they did at halftime. 

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The Gunners still have not won an English Premier League match since Oct. 6, and they fell to seventh in the table after Saturday's draw. Their North London rivals fired their manager earlier this week, but Tottenham Hotspur now is only one point back of Arsenal after beating West Ham in manager José Mourinho's Spurs debut. 

If Arsenal continue to struggle, manager Unai Emery could face a similar fate to former Tottenham counterpart Mauricio Pochettino. 

UEFA postpones Champions League, Europa League finals amid coronavirus

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UEFA postpones Champions League, Europa League finals amid coronavirus

UEFA postponed the finals of its three biggest intercontinental club competitions due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organization announced Monday.

The men's and women's Champions League final and the Europa League final, all of which were scheduled for May, have been pushed back indefinitely. The European soccer governing body said in a statement that "[no] decision has yet been made on rearranged dates."

Twelve teams -- including the Premier League's Manchester City and Chelsea -- remain in contention for the men's Champions League with half of the Round of 16 completed, while the women's Champions League has not yet kicked off its quarter-finals. The Europa League, which Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United still are competing in, completed all but one of its first-leg fixtures from the Round of 16 before UEFA postponed all of last week's matches.

UEFA also announced last week that it was postponing the men's Euro 2020 to 2021 and rescheduling the women's tournament that originally was supposed to occur that year, in large part because of the coronavirus disrupting the calendars of club competitions across the continent. The Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Serie A have all paused their seasons in an effort to halt COVID-19's spread.

Though Liverpool have the Premier League title all but wrapped up, spots in next season's Champions League and Europa League and the relegation places still need to be determined ahead of next season. UEFA's competitions this season affect the following campaign, too, as the Europa League winner automatically qualifies for the Champions League.

Beyond where and when the remaining matches this season are played (and who they're played in front of), all of the European leagues will need to address who is playing in said matches. The Premier League alone will have 69 players out of contract on June 30, according to ESPN's Ian Darke, and numerous others are set to have loan deals end at around that time. It's not yet clear if out-of-contract players would become free agents at that time.

European soccer, much like all of the world, still is navigating the knock-on effects of the coronavirus pandemic. That undoubtedly will continue long after play resumes.

Premier League extends coronavirus shutdown until at least April 30

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Premier League extends coronavirus shutdown until at least April 30

Soccer, like the rest of the sporting world, is on pause due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Last week, the Premier League announced it would be suspending games until April 4 due to the global pandemic. As expected, the time without the PL will last much longer as the league announced Thursday that "no professional game in England will be played prior to April 30." 

In a joint statement with FA, it was announced the rule stating the season must end by June 1 would be "extended indefinitely" for this season only. 

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UEFA already has postponed EURO 2020 in order to create more room in the calendar for domestic and European club matches. 

The hope is that the PL can resume sometime after April, but much like the NBA and other sporting leagues, they just have to wait and see how the pandemic is dealt with.