Under-pressure Arsene Wenger: I can still turn things around at Arsenal

Arnold Nichols
March 5, 2018

Arsenal have the opportunity to change the tide with a much-needed away win to Brighton, now 12th in the Premier League, after criticism from pundits such as Gary Neville aimed at the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka.

Dunk headed in Shane Duffy's flicked header from a Pascal Gross' corner to give Brighton a good start in the seventh minute.

Arsenal are in a bad moment following successive defeats to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup and the League, therefore short of confidence going into the game against Brighton.

Calls for the Gunners manager to take his final bow at the Emirates and leave after 22 long years of service have hit boiling point, with Arsenal fans dispirited by the lack of cohesion and commitment their team have shown under the Frenchman. Goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray put Brighton in control before Aubameyang brought the visitors back into the game.

However, Pep Guardiola's side were able to step it up a gear again and proved in the first half why they're the Premier League champions-elect, cruising to a 3-0 lead early on before comfortably seeing out the rest of the game.

As the game progressed Brighton stood firm to Arsenal's attacks and even survived a whopping seven minutes of added time.

It was almost 2-0 minutes later as Gross sent Cech sprawling to save at his near post, and Dunk headed over after 18 minutes from another corner by Gross.

Arsene Wenger made three changes from Thursday's defeat to Man City with Aaron Ramsey rested and Hector Bellerin and Danny Welbeck benched.

Arsenal, in the manner true to a team chasing a result, had all of the ball in the closing stages with Aubameyang coming the closest to salvaging a point for his side, but they could not find the equaliser they craved.

Koscielny nearly levelled the match just before the break, rattling the left-hand post with a firm header, and only a flying Ryan save stopped Mesut Ozil blasting home just before the hour mark.

However, the next chance fell to Brighton's Jose Izquierdo, who was allowed to drift inside onto his right foot before sending a low shot drift marginally wide of Cech's right post.

Arsenal continued to press after the interval, with Mathew Ryan forced into a fine save to deny Mesut Ozil.

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