Premier League! Murray Scores As Brighton Beat Arsenal 2-1 To Increase Pressure On Arsene Wenger
The result is certain to pile more pressure on Gunners manager Arsene Wenger, who was the subject of angry chants from visiting fans demanding his departure.
Arsenal have made three changes to their side that were beaten by City during the week. Chambers, Wilshere and Iwobi come into the fold as Bellerin and Welbeck drop to the bench, while Aaron Ramsey is rested ahead of the Europa League contest against AC Milan next week.
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Arsenal subs: David Ospina, Rob Holding, Danny Welbeck, Hector Bellerin, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mohamed Elneny, Eddie Nketiah.
ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Sead Kolasinac; Granit Xhaka, Jack Wilshere; Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Brighton subs: Bruno, Beram Kayal, Leonardo Ulloa, Connor Goldson, Solly March, Jurgen Locadia, Tim Krul.
BRIGHTON (4-4-1-1): Mathew Ryan; Ezequiel Schelotto, Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy, Gaetan Bong; Anthony Knockaert, Dale Stephens, Davy Propper, Jose Izqueirdo; Pascal Gross; Glenn Murray.
First-half goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray secured all three points for the home side, despite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang halving the deficit before the break.
Arsenal went into the match on the back of consecutive 3-0 defeats to Manchester City in the EFL Cup final and Premier League, and they found themselves in more trouble when Dunk broke the deadlock seven minutes in.
Murray’s header, his sixth goal in 2018, put Brighton two up after a mistake by Laurent Koscielny, prompting an angry response from the travelling supporters.
Aubameyang got a goal back but it was not enough to prevent a fourth defeat in a row in all competitions for the Gunners, marking their worst run since 2002 and leaving them facing a major challenge to finish in the top four.