London, 6 December 2019 (dpa/MIA) – Arsenal’s miserable run continued on Thursday with a 2-1 home loss to struggling Brighton.
Neal Maupay’s late header ended Brighton‘s three-match losing run and spoiled the home debut of Arsenal’s interim manager Freddie Ljungberg.
The result leaves the Gunners without a win in seven Premier League games and nine overall.
“I don’t know what to say,” Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin told Amazon.
“I have the feeling that whatever we do it doesn’t come out right.
“I am lost for words a little bit.”
After drawing at Norwich on Sunday in Ljungberg’s first game after replacing Unai Emery, Arsenal were hoping to get a boost at home.
But they were woeful in the first half and deservedly fell behind to Adam Webster’s 35th-minute goal.
Arsenal came out with more life in the second half to draw level through Alexandre Lacazette’s header and then looked to have taken the lead only for David Luiz’s goal to be ruled out by VAR for offsides against the Brazilian.
Maupay then won it in the 80th minute with a glancing header from Aaron Mooy’s cross.
The loss leaves Arsenal 10th, 10 points behind the top four Champions League places.
Brighton, meanwhile, move up to 13th just one point behind the Gunners.
“We had lots of quality and courage,” Brighton manager Graham Potter said. “You have to survive moments in games like this and we did.
“I am very proud. It’s a fantastic night for us.”
Goals from Allan Saint-Maxim and Jonjo Shelvy gave Newcastle United a 2-0 win at Sheffield United in the night’s other match.
Saint-Maxim’s early header opened the scoring Shelvy added the clincher 20 minutes from time with a goal confirmed by VAR.
“I was delighted with the spirit of the players,” Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said.
“I will never take anything for granted but we are doing OK.
“We have got off to a good start, let’s hope it will continue.”
The win lifts the Magpies to 13th place while United are ninth.