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Miserable Arsenal lose again as Brighton claim vital win

05 March 2018

Petr Cech took responsibility for Arsenal's 2-1 loss to Brighton on Sunday by admitting on Twitter that he was at fault for both first-half goals. Lewis Dunk put them ahead after seven minutes with his first goal of the season.

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium in London on March 1, 2018. Well, that was until they played Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

Brighton beat Arsenal for the first time since 1982 to increase the pressure on Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

Following two successive 3-0 defeats to Manchester City, a Carabao Cup final blow and losing to Ostersunds at home, the mood at the club has been morose - with Arsene Wenger's time seemingly up. We need two teams to collapse and I don't see that happening.

Dunk headed in Shane Duffy's flicked header from a Pascal Gross' corner to give Brighton a good start in the seventh minute.

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.

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It was almost 2-0 minutes later as Gross sent Cech sprawling to save at his near post, and Dunk headed over after 18 minutes from another corner by Gross.

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

A hat-trick of assists against Everton in early February suggested that perhaps Mkhitaryan had found his place, back alongside Aubameyang at Arsenal. Hit the post on the strike of half-time but looked a mess in defence with his wayward passing gifting Brighton possession for the second goal.

Some away supporters chanted and held up banners calling for his sacking, but Wenger says he is not ready to call time on his 22-year tenure, despite suffering the worst run of his time in charge of the club.

Ozil had been quiet in the first half but a powerful run and shot brought a fine save from Mat Ryan before the German's threaded pass nearly let in Aubameyang for his second goal.

Miserable Arsenal lose again as Brighton claim vital win