Published: Mon, March 05, 2018
Medical | By Josefina Yates

Wenger: Top four hopes over for Arsenal

Wenger: Top four hopes over for Arsenal

Three thoughts on Brighton's 2-1 win over Arsenal in Sunday's early Premier League game.

Seven minutes into the first half, Brighton broke the deadlock when Shane Duffy's header across the face of goal was turned home by Lewis Dunk.

Arsenal improved in the second half but Brighton held on to secure a third Premier League home victory in a row to go 10th, while an eighth defeat in all competitions in 2018 leaves Arsenal trailing north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who are fourth, by 13 points and two places.

Worse was to come for Arsenal in the 26th minute when Laurent Koscielny gave the ball away before Shkodran Mustafi could not reach Gross's pinpoint cross, allowing Murray a free header that the striker directed past Cech for his 11th league goal of the season.

A trip to the Amex Stadium presented Arsenal with an opportunity to offer a positive response to those quick to criticise them on the back of successive defeats to Manchester City.

In the tweet below, Ferdinand claimed that the current Arsenal team is THE worst he has ever seen, regardless of the talent the players possess. Glenn Murray made it two for Brighton less than twenty minutes later thanks to some truly dire defending by the visitors.

It was Brighton's first win in 36 years over the Gunners and it was Brighton's first points against a top six side this season.

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Assessing his teams struggles, the Frenchman said: "Yes, it is worse than last season, because previous year we won the Cup and made 75 points".

Morgan posted more than a dozen tweets about Arsenal during and in the aftermath of the game - but at least he was aware he was going in hard.

Not for the first time, the hashtag #WengerOut was trending from tens of thousands of tweets.

Instead, Arsenal were repeatedly pushed back with Cech forced to save well from Gross before Dunk wastefully headed over the bar.

As reported by the Daily Mail, the Gunners fear finding themselves in a similar situation to when Alexis Sánchez left for Man Utd in the January transfer window, with Arsenal having to settle for a swap deal to bring in Henrikh Mkhitaryan rather than cash-in on the Premier League star. Arsenal's entire defence looked shaky whenever pressed, Koscielny's contribution to the second goal proving a case in point.

Arsenal dominated possession in the second half and had a late chance to equalise through Aubameyang but he could only shoot straight at Mathew Ryan.

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