Written by @JamesWootton95
Surely now, time must be almost up for Arsene Wenger. The bells have chimed and the curtains have fallen after Arsenal slumbered to their fourth straight defeat at Brighton this afternoon.
First half goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray marked the Gunners eighth loss of 2018, and a fourth successive defeat for the first time under Wenger’s reign.
Despite Aubameyang’s strike at the end of the first half, it wasn’t enough as the north London side struggled to force an equaliser against a resilient Brighton side.
Brighton centre-back Dunk notched his first goal of the campaign after smashing in from Duffy’s knock-down, which should really have been Petr Cech’s ball to claim. The veteran goalkeeper will also be disappointed that he wasn’t able to keep out Murray’s header 20 minutes later. The Brighton talisman climbed highest to take his total for the Premier League campaign to 11.
Owning up to his mistakes, Cech tweeted after the game: “If you want to win a game away from home in the best league in the world, your GK can’t concede 2 goals like I did today. It’s simply not possible. The team fought back but the damage was done.”
Arsenal were able to put pressure on the Seagulls and managed to pull a goal back through their record-signing as Aubameyang flicked home from Xhaka’s cross. They were unlucky not to go into the break level as Koscielny hit the post just before the whistle.
The roar of delight as the final whistle blew at the Amex emphasised how much the victory meant to Brighton and the home fans. Albion’s victory lifts them into the top half of the table, with a seven-point gap between themselves and the relegation zone. As for Arsenal, the misery piles on, with the Champions League positions surely out of reach. They must now prepare to go again on Thursday in the Europa League against AC Milan. The Italian giants find themselves in a similar position to Arsenal, flailing in seventh place in Serie A as the once successful team struggle to keep up with the leaders.
Wenger’s reputation seems to be in tatters, and his post-match press conference didn’t help when he addressed the media with a bizarre expression: “When you have just the trousers on it’s easy to take the trousers off as well. When you’re naked completely you have to find a shirt, and try to put it on again and then you’re dressed normally again.”
With many fans shifting into the Wenger Out camp, the writing could be on the wall for the man who once led ‘The Invincibles’.
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