Brighton pile the pressure on Wenger as Arsenal lose again

05 March, 2018, 00:34 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Chris Hughton admits it may be the worst time to face Arsenal following their recent poor run

That was based as much on Arsenal's seven previous league defeats away from the Emirates Stadium as their three successive losses.

Brighton had their own openings during seven minutes of added-on time, but Chris Hughton watched on as his side successfully held on to their slender lead to register their first points over a top-six side this season.

Brought in to inspire Arsenal to challenge for a top-four spot in the Premier League, Henrik Mkhitaryan has failed to ease the pressure on under-fire manager Arsene Wenger since his arrival.

Arsene Wenger's charges were all over the place after 35 minutes as they were struggling to find their rhythm against Brighton who were pressing high.

It was almost 2-0 minutes later as Gross sent Cech sprawling to save at his near post, and Dunk headed over after 18 minutes from another corner by Gross. With 26 minutes gone, they gifted the home side their second goal.

Further individual errors would cost Arsenal later in the half as Laurent Koscielny's pass out of defence was misplaced and the Seagulls broke forward, with Gross crossing in for Murray to head home unmarked for his sixth goal in as many games, with Cech at fault once again.

Just before the break, the Gunners nearly found an undeserved equaliser when Koscielny's header was deflected onto the post, but Brighton were able to scramble the ball away before reaching the interval with their advantage still intact.

However, the next chance fell to Brighton's Jose Izquierdo, who was allowed to drift inside onto his right foot before sending a low shot drift marginally wide of Cech's right post.

It is the earliest an Arsenal side have been mathematically eliminated from the title race in the history of playing in a 38-game season and under Arsene Wenger.

MP Anna Soubry did try to cheer up Morgan however, pointing out when Arsenal pulled one back via Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang.

With the man now at the Gunners helm facing more uncomfortable questions regarding his future, a host of names have been offered up as possible candidates to fill a coaching void.

The second half started evenly, with Mesut Ozil stinging the palms of Mathew Ryan with a drilled effort before a flashpoint on 65 minutes as Sead Kolasinac, already booked, ploughed into Ezequiel Schelotto.



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