June 19, 2018

Brighton add to Wenger's woes as Arsenal lose again

05 March 2018, 12:32 | Kristopher Drake

GETTY CHAOS Man City fans face an eight hour journey home from the Arsenal game

Man City fans face an eight-hour journey home from the Arsenal game

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.

Wenger blamed his side's miserable first-half display on a loss of confidence off the back of a dispiriting week, in which they lost the EFL Cup final to City before a league defeat to the leaders by the same scoreline.

After play restarted, Brighton seemed to remember what had been working for them in the first half, and the two teams traded attacks and counters without getting anything out of it. Arsenal brought on Danny Welbeck for Iwobi in the 74th minute, and then Eddie Nketiah for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Hector Bellerin for Chambers in the 83rd minute, trying to add some pace to a tiring side.

Calls for the Gunners manager to take his final bow at the Emirates and leave after 22 long years of service have hit boiling point, with Arsenal fans dispirited by the lack of cohesion and commitment their team have shown under the Frenchman.

It is all or nothing in the Europa League for Arsenal whilst Brighton take a huge step towards Premier League survival.

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. Ezequiel Schelotto's run and cross forced a corner on the left and Pascal Gross's kick was knocked back across goal by a combination of Duffy's head and Petr Cech's fists for Dunk to blast home.

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Murray doubled Brighton's lead in the 27th minute.

And it was 2-0 after 26 minutes as Arsenal gave away the simplest of goals.

"Yes it's the first time it happens in my whole career [losing so many games], I must say, and it's not easy".

Arsenal had seven minutes of stoppage time to get some points out of the match, and Aubameyang almost did it in the 93rd minute, but his shot went straight at Ryan.

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.

"We want Wenger out", came the cry from the away end but Arsenal did improve as the half wore on and they got themselves back into the game when Aubameyang flicked home Granit Xhaka's cross.

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