New Straits Times

Brighton heap more misery on Wenger

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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...”

 ?? REUTERS PIC ?? Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan (right) battles for the ball with Brighton’s Solly March at The American Express Community Stadium yesterday.
REUTERS PIC Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan (right) battles for the ball with Brighton’s Solly March at The American Express Community Stadium yesterday.

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