Arsenal 1-2 Brighton: Arsenal suffer a third defeat in four EPL

Arsenal 1-2 Brighton: Arsenal suffer a third defeat in four EPL
Arsenal 1-2 Brighton: Arsenal suffer a third defeat in four EPL

Brighton & Hove Albion salvaged a 2-1 victory against struggling Arsenal thanks to Mikel Arteta.

In April, Leandro Trossard and Enock Mwepu earned Brighton its first Premier League win in the 16th try.

Brighton took the lead in the 28th minute when Trossard scored his fifth Premier League goal of the season. Mwepu added a second in the 66th minute, firing a 20-yarder past Aaron Ramsdale.

Martin Odegaard’s deflected long-range attempt was barely a consolation, and following losses to Liverpool and Crystal Palace, this latest setback may jeopardise Arsenal’s top-four ambitions.

In the 26th minute, Gabriel Magalhaes headed Bukayo Saka’s cross into the side-netting.

Mwepu met Lewis Dunk’s fast pass forward on the right side, and his cutback to Trossard was followed by a powerful 15-yard shot into the right corner.

Gabriel Martinelli believed he had equalised for the hosts in first-half stoppage time, but a long VAR examination ruled he was offside.

After Saka sent a second-half free-kick over the Brighton crossbar, the visitors doubled their advantage via Mwepu’s low, controlled drive after Moises Caicedo had set him up.

A free-kick from Odegaard was deflected horizontally by replacement Eddie Nketiah as Arsenal pressed late.

Odegaard ultimately halved the deficit from 30 yards, but Nketiah’s stoppage-time header was saved by Robert Sanchez as Brighton held on.

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