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Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Arsenal

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Brighton captain Lewis Dunk scored his first goal of the season against ArsenalBrighton beat Arsenal for the first time since 1982 to increase the pressure on Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.Lewis Dunk put Brighton ahead when he hooked the ball home from a corner after it dropped to him inside the six-yard box.The Seagulls added a second when Laurent Koscielny's misplaced pass was intercepted and Pascal Gross teased a high cross into the box for Glenn Murray to head past Petr Cech.
Arsenal pulled a goal back when Brighton failed to clear their lines. Granit Xhaka fed the ball into Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who cleverly flicked the ball home with the outside of his boot.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.The Gunners were also fortunate not to have Sead Kolasinac, who had already been booked, sent off for a challenge that ended Ezequiel Schelotto's involvement.
Under-fire Wenger loses four in a row
Arsenal were meek in back-to-back 3-0 defeats to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley last Sunday and at the Emirates in the Premier League four days later.Losing to Pep Guardiola's irresistible champions-elect is one thing, but to a Brighton side battling relegation will not be so palatable for Arsenal fans growing increasingly tired of Wenger's reign.It was the first time the Gunners had lost four consecutive matches since October 2002 in a run that saw them beaten by Everton, Auxerre, Blackburn and Borussia Dortmund.They were defending champions that season and ended the campaign as runners-up to Manchester United but retained the FA Cup.Over 15 years later and things are not quite so rosy for Wenger with the club seemingly in terminal decline.Wenger, initially at least, did not look like a man under pressure at the Amex as he warmly embraced Brighton counterpart Chris Hughton and shared a joke with a photographer.However, by early in the second half with his side 2-1 down his mood darkened and he nervously pulled apart a coffee stirrer as he sat on the bench.The travelling fans, who held up 'Wenger out' banners at the final whistle, will want the Arsenal board to wake up and smell it.
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Arsene Wenger has been charge of Arsenal since October 1996Wenger's side had breezed past Brighton with a comfortable 2-0 victory when the two teams met at the Emirates in October. On that day the Frenchman celebrated the 21st anniversary of his arrival at the club and his side were level on points with Chelsea, and a point behind bitter rivals Tottenham.After a bleak winter they find themselves eight points behind the former club, 13 points behind the latter and pinning their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League via the Europa League.Unlike the defeats to City, Arsenal had at least shown a bit more fight against Albion but were still well below their best.Wenger's side have now lost eight matches in all competitions in 2018 - more than any other Premier League team - and the level of performance from his players begs the question of whether they have simply lost faith in Wenger's managerial ability.The chorus of disapproval from ex-Arsenal players grows louder by the week and if that is a barometer for the existing squad then the end of Wenger's tenure is surely drawing closer.The 68-year-old signed a two-year contract in May but even winning the Europa League may not be able to grant him a stay of execution into the 2018-19 season.
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Arsenal's heat map, right, shows how much time they spent in Brighton's half of the pitch although they only managed seven shots on target - just one more than their opponents
Impressive Brighton edge closer to safety
Arsenal's travails should take nothing away from Brighton, who are now unbeaten in five matches and have moved a step closer to Premier League survival.They matched their top-flight record of three consecutive home victories, last set in September 1982 when that run included a 1-0 victory over Arsenal.Hughton's side were quickly out of the blocks, clinical in key moments and possessed the workrate and organisation to see the game out.The victory moves them up to 10th place in the table - and gives them a seven-point cushion over 18th-placed Crystal Palace, who face Manchester United on Monday.If the Seagulls can reproduce displays of this ilk from now until the end of the season, then top-fight survival should be a formality.
Man of the match - Jose Izquierdo (Brighton)
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The Colombia winger has taken his time to settle in at Brighton but he is finally showing the kind of quality that prompted the Seagulls to make him their record signing. This was a performance brimming with pace, skill, creativity and goalscoring threat.
Arsenal's away day woes - the stats
This was Arsenal's first defeat in 35 Premier League games against a newly promoted side, since losing 2-1 at QPR in March 2012.
Arsenal haven't kept a clean sheet in their last 11 Premier League games, their joint-longest run in the competition.
Arsenal have just 13 points from their 15 away Premier League games this season - their worst return in the top flight since 1989-90.
Pascal Gross has assisted Glenn Murray four times in the Premier League this season - only Cesar Azpilicueta (six for Alvaro Morata) and Kevin de Bruyne (five for Sergio Aguero) have assisted a player more.
Murray has scored six Premier League goals in 2018 - only Sergio Aguero (9) and Mo Salah (7) have scored more.
Brighton have won three consecutive Premier League home games for the first time.
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Match Stats
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Line-ups
Brighton
1Ryan
21SchelottoBooked at 64mins[/i]Substituted forBrunoat 69'minutes
22Duffy
5Dunk
3Bong
11KnockaertSubstituted forMarchat 77'minutes
6StephensBooked at 60mins[/i]
24Propper
19Izquierdo
13GrossSubstituted forKayalat 87'minutes
17MurrayBooked at 78mins[/i]
Substitutes
2Bruno
7Kayal
16Ulloa
18Goldson
20March
25Locadia
26Krul
Arsenal
33Cech
21ChambersSubstituted forNketiahat 83'minutes
20Mustafi
6Koscielny
31KolasinacBooked at 28mins[/i]
10WilshereBooked at 40mins[/i]
29XhakaBooked at 54mins[/i]
7MkhitaryanSubstituted forBellerinat 83'minutes
11Ozil
17IwobiSubstituted forWelbeckat 74'minutes
14Aubameyang
Substitutes
13Ospina
16Holding
23Welbeck
24Bellerin
30Maitland-Niles
35El Neny
62Nketiah
Referee:Stuart AttwellAttendance:30,620
Match Stats
Home TeamBrightonAway TeamArsenalPossessionHome32%Away68%ShotsHome13Away15Shots on TargetHome6Away7CornersHome6Away11FoulsHome13Away12
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Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Arsenal 1.
Full Time
Posted at 90'+8' Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Arsenal 1.Posted at 90'+6' Foul by Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal).Posted at 90'+6' Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 90'+4' Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 90'+4' Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).Posted at 90'+3' Attempt saved. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hector Bellerin with a headed pass.Posted at 90'+1' Attempt missed. Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mesut Ozil with a cross following a corner.Posted at 90' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Bruno.Posted at 90' Attempt blocked. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sead Kolasinac.Posted at 88' Hand ball by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).Posted at 87' Attempt saved. Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sead Kolasinac with a cross.
Substitution
Posted at 87' Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Beram Kayal replaces Pascal Gross.Posted at 85' Foul by Hector Bellerin (Arsenal).Posted at 85' Davy Propper (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 84' Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 84' Foul by Davy Propper (Brighton and Hove Albion).Posted at 83' Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Pascal Gross tries a through ball, but Jose Izquierdo is caught offside.
Substitution
Posted at 83' Substitution, Arsenal. Hector Bellerin replaces Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Substitution
Posted at 83' Substitution, Arsenal. Eddie Nketiah replaces Calum Chambers.Posted at 80' Attempt blocked. Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Henrikh Mkhitaryan with a cross.Posted at 80' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Gaetan Bong.Posted at 80' Attempt blocked. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.Posted at 79' Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 79' Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Booking
Posted at 78' Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 78' Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 78' Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Substitution
Posted at 77' Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces Anthony Knockaert.Posted at 75' Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 75' Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Substitution
Posted at 74' Substitution, Arsenal. Danny Welbeck replaces Alex Iwobi.Posted at 71' Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Glenn Murray tries a through ball, but Jose Izquierdo is caught offside.Posted at 71' Attempt missed. Jose Izquierdo (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.
Substitution
Posted at 69' Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Bruno replaces Ezequiel Schelotto because of an injury.Posted at 69' Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 65' Delay in match Ezequiel Schelotto (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.Posted at 64' Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 64' Foul by Gaetan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Booking
Posted at 64' Ezequiel Schelotto (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
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