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2017/2018 English Premier League
  • Lewis Dunk (7')
  • Glenn Murray (26')
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (43')

Arsenal fall to third successive Premier League defeat in loss at Brighton

Arsene Wenger remains under intense pressure as Arsenal were deservedly beaten 2-1 by Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.

Arsenal 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 round-of-32 tie with Ostersund.

Their season continues to unravel, with a large section of the travelling support calling for Wenger's head at one point in the first half.

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

Arsenal responded in fits and starts, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turning home the consolation before the interval, but Arsenal have only three away league wins this season.

Brighton remain unbeaten in all competitions since Jan. 20, and that stark contrast in form showed early on as Brighton took the lead from a run of the mill corner. Petr Cech was beaten in the air by Shane Duffy, who headed back across goal for Dunk to slam in the opener.

Wenger's side were seemingly under threat every time Brighton broke clear, and Shkodran Mustafi was forced to block Jose Izquierdo's effort behind and Dunk headed over when well-placed from the resulting set piece.

Alex Iwobi then played Arsenal into trouble, smashing a clearance straight at Anthony Knockaert, who should have scored after exchanging passes with Pascal Gross.

Further individual errors would cost Arsenal later in the half as Laurent Koscielny's pass out of defence was misplaced and Brighton broke forward, with Gross crossing in for Murray to head home unmarked for his sixth goal in as many games.

Frustration began to creep into Arsenal, with Jack Wilshere picking up a booking for a poor challenge on Knockaert towards the end of the first half.

But they would halve the arrears before heading in for the break, with Iwobi capitalising on Brighton defending's and passing to Granit Xhaka, whose pass was turned home by Aubameyang.

Koscielny came close to atoning for his earlier mistake as he crashed a header off the post in stoppage time, with Brighton hanging on to their lead as Stuart Attwell blew for half-time.

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.

The Brighton man was forced off as a result, but Kolasinac escaped further punishment for the incident.

Wenger turned to Danny Welbeck, Eddie Nketiah and Hector Bellerin from the bench, but it was Murray who scored for Brighton -- only to have it rightly chalked off for offside.

Arsenal, in the manner true to a team chasing a result, had all of the ball in the closing stages with Aubameyang coming the closest to salvaging a point for his side, but they could not find the equaliser they craved.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 17 +30 45
2 Manchester City 17 +38 44
3 Tottenham Hotspur 17 +15 39
4 Chelsea 17 +21 37
5 Arsenal 17 +14 34
6 Manchester United 17 0 26
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 0 25
8 Everton 17 +2 24
9 West Ham United 17 0 24
10 Watford 17 -2 24
11 AFC Bournemouth 17 -3 23
12 Leicester City 17 0 22
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 17 -4 21
14 Newcastle United 17 -8 16
15 Crystal Palace 17 -9 15
16 Cardiff City 17 -16 14
17 Southampton 17 -16 12
18 Burnley 17 -18 12
19 Huddersfield Town 17 -18 10
20 Fulham 17 -26 9