Highlights: Brighton Shock Arsenal Again

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Arsenal football club suffered their second defeat in a week as Brighton and Hove Albion shocked them 2-1 in Brighton‘s Amex Stadium on Saturday. The defeat came three days after suffering 3-0 slamming in the hands of Manchester City at the resumption of the final phase of the 2019-2020 season which was disrupted on March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The first half of the encounter saw Arsenal lose a couple of chances especially from the club’s top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka whose shot hit the bar once.

The first half ended goalless but not until Mikel Arteta’s first-choice goalkeeper for the match, Bernd Leno was stretchered off. The replay of what resulted in the injury showed that the German goalkeeper buckles his knee after he was pushed by Brighton’s Neal Maupay.

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno being attended to during the match.
Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno being attended to during the match.

Bernd Leno was not happy that he was being stretched off the pitch when the first half was not even over – what must certainly be against the game plan of Mikel Arteta and against the keeper’s aspirations before the match. Hence, as he was being stretched off, he took some seconds to say some words to Maupay to release the anger in his heart.

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno exchange words with Maupay
Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno exchange words with Maupay

The second half resumed and Arsenal continued firing from all cylinder but the Brighton’s goalkeeper, Mat Ryan, was everywhere to ensure that no goal saw the back of the net. That didn’t last for too long as the most expensive player at Arsenal, Nicolas Pepe, curled in a stunning goal after 68 minutes to give the Gunners the lead.

Arsenal’s lead didn’t last for more than 8 minutes before Lewis Dunk brought Brighton back into the game with a scampering goal. Gunners thought they will run away with a point but it wasn’t to be as Maupay gave Brighton the lead in the last seconds of the 5 additional minutes to force the match to a 2-1 win.

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This means that Brighton has beaten Arsenal home and away this season as the relegation-threatened team beat Arsenal in the Emirate Stadium 1-2 in December.

As it stands, Arsenal is still on the 9th spot in the league table with 40 points and 8 games to play. While Brighton is on the 15 spot with 32 points and 8 games to go. Arsenal’s next match is against Southampton while Brighton will visit Leicester City on Tuesday night.