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Brighton v Arsenal – story of the match

Arsene Wenger is under increasing pressure after the Gunners suffered another defeat.

Arsenal’s season continued to unravel as they were deservedly beaten by an impressive Brighton side at the AMEX Stadium on Sunday.

The Gunners went into the contest on the back of damaging defeats to Manchester City in both the Carabao Cup final and the Premier League, as well as losing the home leg of their Europa League tie with Ostersund.

Manager Arsene Wenger remains under intense pressure following this 2-1 defeat, with a large section of the travelling support calling for his head at one point in the first half.

Wenger had said confidence was low at the Emirates Stadium and it showed as Seagulls skipper Lewis Dunk opened the scoring on seven minutes before Glenn Murray doubled the advantage.

Arsenal responded in fits and starts, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turning home the consolation before the interval, but the Gunners left for north London still with only three away league wins to their name this season.

Tweet of the match

Star man – Pascal Gross

The Brighton man is up for the Premier League player of the month award for February and the German playmaker carried that form over into March with another fine outing. He has claimed more league assists this season than much-lauded compatriot and Arsenal counterpart Mesut Ozil and provided the perfect cross for Murray to head home the vital second goal on Sunday.

Moment of the match

Thirty-three minutes into this contest could arguably mark a watershed in the diminishing relationship between Wenger and the Arsenal fanbase. A vocal minority have been calling for him to leave for some time but protests and marches have been sparsely attended. On the south coast, however, with their team 2-0 down a large majority of away supporters began the chant of “we want Wenger out” – with the Frenchman no doubt picking up on the ditty.

Data point

Arsenal have now gone 11 Premier League games without a clean sheet, their worst run since February
2002, with Petr Cech stuck on 199 clean sheets in the division.

Player ratings

Brighton: Mathew Ryan 6 (out of 10), Ezequiel Schelotto 7, Lewis Dunk 7, Shane Duffy 7, Gaetan Bong 7, Anthony Knockaert 7, Dale Stephens 7, Davy Propper 7, Jose Izquierdo 8, Pascal Gross 8, Glenn Murray 8. Subs: Bruno (for Schelotto, 68) 6, Solly March (for Knockart, 76) 6, Beram Kayal (for Gross, 86) 5.

Arsenal:
Petr Cech 5, Calum Chambers 5, Shkodran Mustafi 5, Laurent Koscielny 5, Sead Kolasinac 5, Granit Xhaka 6, Jack Wilshere 5, Alex Iwobi 5, Mesut Ozil 4, Henrikh Mkhitaryan 5, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 6. Subs: Danny Welbeck (for Iwobi, 74) 5, Eddie Nketiah (for Chambers, 82) 5, Hector Bellerin (for Mkhitaryan, 82) 5.

Who’s up next?

Everton v Brighton (Premier League, March 10)

AC Milan v Arsenal (Europa League, March 8)

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