Brighton Beat Arsenal 2-1 To Heap The Pressure On Arsene Wenger

Brighton Beat Arsenal 2-1 To Heap The Pressure On Arsene Wenger

Speaking ahead of their trip to the south coast, via Daily Mirror, Wenger reflected on his side's hard week - in which they lost 3-0 to Manchester City twice; in last Sunday's Carabao Cup Final and Thursday's Premier League match.

Arsenal hit rock bottom during Sunday's trip to Brighton & Hove Albion as they went 2-0 down within 26 minutes at the Amex Stadium.

Arsene Wenger has come out and aceepted that Arsenal are in a position that is "worse than a year ago".

"It's not easy, but I have enough experience and enough desire to turn things around and I must say that, at the moment, when you need to stay in the game we are making a few mistakes at the wrong moments".

The Seagulls, 12th in the league, are on a better run of form than Arsenal - with two wins and two draws in their last five home fixtures - and head into the game off the back of a 4-1 victory against Swansea.

Wenger has drawn widespread criticism from supporters and pundits as Arsenal lie sixth in the table on 45 points, a staggering 30 points behind league leaders Manchester City after 28 matches. "It's simply not possible ..."

"I will try to give my best as long as I am here, and do everything to get the team back to more confidence".

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Wenger's side would have needed a miracle comeback in the final stage of the season after falling apart at the seams.

Instead, Arsenal betrayed the defensive frailties that have been a feature of their campaign and allowed Brighton to take control.

When Arsenal finally got a foothold in the game they couldn't do anything with it.

The goal triggered the first chants of "you're getting sacked in the morning" directed at Wenger from the home supporters but alarmingly for the manager, prompted little response from his side. With Arsenal's main concerns stemming from their defence, and both Mustafi and Cech to blame for the second goal of the afternoon, this wouldn't have given anyone hope moving forward. Lewis Dunk put Brighton ahead after just seven minutes when Cech failed to punch away a corner, and the veteran goalkeeper was then easily beaten by Glen Murray's header.

Aubameyang's reply, shortly before half-time, had the effect of quietening those fans who had taunted Wenger and injected a sense of nervousness into Brighton's play. Granit Xhaka fed the ball into Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who cleverly flicked the ball home with the outside of his boot.

The Gunners, though, stood firm and with Mesut Ozil becoming more prominent, stepped up their efforts to find an equaliser.

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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