Published: Mon, March 05, 2018
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Miserable Arsenal lose again as Brighton claim vital win

Miserable Arsenal lose again as Brighton claim vital win

Arsenal's vocal away support turned on manager Arsene Wenger during the first half of Sunday's game against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Arsenal have lost four successive matches in all competitions and are sitting 13 points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham in the league table.

For Brighton's seventh-minute opener, Cech wasn't almost strong enough at a corner and lost out to Shane Duffy, whose header found Dunk to fire home.

The former Cardiff City man had added real dynamism to Arsenal's midfield this season, with the highlight being his stunning hat-trick against Everton in the Premier League last month. They play Milan in the last 16. The second half saw more fight from the visitors: Mat Ryan turned a vicious Ozil shot wide 12 minutes after half-time, with another scare quickly following when Aubameyang rounded the Brighton keeper but couldn't find a teammate from a narrow angle.

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.

However, Arsenal could not create the killer chance to snatch a point and the final whistle was greeted with much anger from their fans.


"It's not easy, but I have enough experience and enough desire to turn things around and I must say that, at the moment, when you need to stay in the game we are making a few mistakes at the wrong moments".

"There's no uncertainty [with the players about his future], I told you many times".

It was, however, to take just seven minutes for their frailties to be exposed by Brighton.

Gross then delivered the set-piece toward the far post where Shane Duffy rose above Cech's unconvincing attempt to punch and headed down for defensive partner Dunk to hook 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.

Arsenal have the opportunity to change the tide with a much-needed away win to Brighton, now 12th in the Premier League, after criticism from pundits such as Gary Neville aimed at the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka. Granit Xhaka fed the ball into Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who cleverly flicked the ball home with the outside of his boot.

Incredibly, Arsenal were nearly level on the stroke of half-time when Duffy thudded a header onto his own post and they also had the first major chance of the second period when Mesut Ozil's drive forced a save from Ryan.

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