Published: Sun, March 04, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

More woe for Wenger as Brighton earn famous win over Arsenal

More woe for Wenger as Brighton earn famous win over Arsenal

Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray put Brighton in firm control, with an atrocious display from the Arsenal players symptomatic of a failed managerial regime which is somehow still staggering along.

"We want Wenger out", came the cry from the away end but Arsenal did improve as the half wore on and they got themselves back into the game when Aubameyang flicked home Granit Xhaka's cross. "It is not the first time I have lost so many games in row".

"We're edging there but we're definitely not safe", he told Sky Sports. I don't deny that, but we'll analyze that at the end of the season. "In many ways, he revolutionised what English football is when he arrived in his country and he has always conducted himself with great elegance and grace and his teams have been fantastic to watch but you can't really say that anymore".

"When that kind of disappointment comes it divides, it splits and our experience has to help us to stay together and focus on the next games".

The yawning gap between the two sides underlined how far Arsenal have fallen behind the Premier League leaders and the fact the second game was played out in front of thousands of empty seats added to the sense that Wenger's 22-year reign is entering its final stage.

'I'm not saying it might not happen but you don't see who you can take and say "listen, you're going to be my guy". What this shows is that the central defender cares about the team and the predicament they're in and this passion is exactly what the Gunners need if they're to turn around their fortunes. It was a gamble which José Mourinho took last season and this could well be another stick with which to compare and castigate Wenger if it fails.

A top four place looks like a distant dream for the Gunners who suffered back to back defeats at the hands of Manchester City in the same week, with the loss on Wednesday their 9th in the league this season.

"They started strong, we were caught cold".

Arsenal have at least enjoyed regular success in the FA Cup in recent years but their only chance of winning a trophy this season is in the Europa League where they will face Italy's AC Milan in their last-16 tie this month. When you see Patrick Vieira, who is coaching in the MLS. the MLS is different, but he belongs to Manchester City.

"We were passive, struggling for confidence and heavy-legged, but responded well in the second half".

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