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Arsenal slithered deeper into crisis after a 2-1 defeat at Brighton in the Premier League extended the collapse exacerbated by two successive defeats by Manchester City.
Away fans chanted for manager Arsene Wenger to resign or be fired after first-half goals from centre-back Lewis Dunk and striker Glenn Murray gave the Seagulls their most impressive win of their first season in the Premier League.
Manager Arsene Wenger has a contract until the end of next season but, however the Gunners end the season, the prospect of his summer departure appears increasingly inevitable with his failure to offer any answers to the club’s failings.
The haste with which Alexis Sanchez left Arsenal laid bare the unrest within club dressing room and boardroom while ceo Ivan Gazidis has proceeded with a backroom restructuring of personnel. All it needs now is for Arsenal to identify the man to take over from Wenger although, whoever the new man, he will not be granted the all-encompassing powers held by the Frenchman.
Carlo Ancelotti would be a steady hand but he is not the man for the revolution which Arsenal need out on the pitch nor have old boys Dennis Bergkamp or Thierry Henry the experience needed. Hence growing speculation concerning another old boy Mikel Arteta or even Antonio Conte whose tenure at Chelsea is doomed to end at or even before the end of the season.
Even Wenger has had to concede that, for all his outward optimism, the situation is growing ever more depressing.
Before the Brighton game he conceded that this season will be worse than last term when Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in two decades. Wenger said: “It is worse because last year we won the FA Cup and made 75 points. We will analyse all this at the end of the season and I can live with reality.”
Dunk capitalised on some confused Arsenal defending to strike from close range after seven minutes, before Murray scored his 11th goal of the season with a 26th-minute header from Pascal Gross’s cross.
Arsenal’s record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled a goal back two minutes before half-time but despite dominating the second half his side were unable to find an equaliser.
They were also fortunate that defender Sead Kolasinac avoided a second yellow card for a heavy collision that forced Brighton’s Ezequiel Schelotto off injured.
The result leaves Arsenal sixth, 13 points behind fourth-placed arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur, while moving Brighton into the top half.
Chris Hughton’s side have now won three of their last five Premier League games, drawing the other two.
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