Historic moment for Seagulls, as Brighton stun Arsenal

Brighton and Hove Albion 2 Arsenal 1: Dunk & Murray scored for the hosts to pile up more misery on Wenger.

Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the top four took another blow as they were defeated by Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex.

Arsenal ended a difficult week in miserable fashion as they lost 2-1 to Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.

First-half goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray secured all three points for the home side, despite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang halving the deficit before the break.

The result is certain to pile more pressure on Gunners manager Arsene Wenger, who was the subject of angry chants from visiting fans demanding his departure. Arsenal went into the match on the back of consecutive 3-0 defeats to Manchester City in the EFL Cup final and Premier League, and they found themselves in more trouble when Dunk broke the deadlock seven minutes in.

Murray’s header, his sixth goal in 2018, put Brighton two up after a mistake by Laurent Koscielny, prompting an angry response from the travelling supporters. Aubameyang got a goal back but it was not enough to prevent a fourth defeat in a row in all competitions for the Gunners, marking their worst run since 2002 and leaving them facing a major challenge to finish in the top four.

Arsenal began the match on the front foot but found themselves behind seven minutes in, with Dunk sweeping the ball into the net from 12 yards out after Shane Duffy had beaten Petr Cech to a corner.

With 26 minutes gone, they gifted the home side their second goal. Koscielny’s wayward pass was sent out wide to Gross, and his curling cross from the right was headed down and beneath the body of Cech by Murray.

‘We want Wenger out‘ was heard loudly from the away end.

This was Arsenal’s first defeat in 35 Premier League games against promoted sides, since losing 2-1 at QPR in March 2012.

 

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