More woe for Wenger as Brighton earn famous win over Arsenal

Lawrence Cooper
March 5, 2018

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.

First-half goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray secured the win that moved south coast club Brighton seven points clear of the bottom three, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's strike immediately before the break the visitors' only reply.

Brighton's opener came from a set piece, with an inswinging corner from the left finding Shane Duffy - who beat Petr Cech in the air - and the ball was knocked down for Dunk to fire a shot into the roof of the net on the half-volley.

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.

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.

Glen Murray did find the second goal for the hosts three minutes before half-an-hour as Laurent Koscielny made a bad blind pass that gifted Brighton possession.

"If he wants to become a coach, and more specifically wants to coach Arsenal, then it is because he is convinced he will do it very well because he is looking for excellence all the time - just as when he was a player".

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If you've ever been on his Twitter page it will come as no surprise to you that no one appears to be feeling the Gunners' sorrow more than Piers Morgan.

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

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

But Arsenal halved the arrears two minutes before the break when Aubameyang flicked home a diagonal pass from Granit Xhaka.

"We are definitely hitting our best form at the right time", Brighton manager Chris Hughton said.

The second half started evenly, with Mesut Ozil stinging the palms of Mathew Ryan with a drilled effort before a flashpoint on 65 minutes as Sead Kolasinac, already booked, ploughed into Ezequiel Schelotto.

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