New Straits Times
Brighton heap more misery on Wenger
LONDON: Arsenal lost 2-1 at Brighton and Hove Albion yesterday, a fourth successive defeat in all competitions for the London club which intensified the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger.
After a bright start from the visitors, Lewis Dunk volleyed in to give the home side the lead — ensuring Arsenal’s run without a Premier League clean sheet stretched to 11 games — their longest since February 2002.
Glenn Murray’s fifth goal in as many league games made it 2-0 after 26 minutes, before PierreEmerick Aubameyang pulled a goal back for Arsenal two minutes before halftime.
Arsenal improved in the second half, but Brighton held on to secure a third Premier League home victory in a row to go 10th in the table.
Arsenal’s eighth defeat in all competitions in 2018 leaves them six, trailing north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in fourth by 13 points.
Arsenal were comfortably beaten twice in five days by Man City, starting with the League Cup final followed by a league defeat last Thursday, leading to increased calls for the north London club’s long-serving boss to end his 22-year reign.
Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown criticised Wenger after Thursday’s defeat, saying the Frenchman managed “by routine” rather than adapting to changes.
“You can discuss that statement because it’s not completely true,” Wenger added.
“We played with five at the back on Sunday, we played with four and played in a very offensive formation (on Thursday). That statement is not completely adjusted to the situation I think.
“I try to find solutions where the team feels comfortable and confident. Overall, I believe that at the moment it’s difficult but we also have to take a little bit of perspective...”