Brighton sink Arsenal with late Maupay strike

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Arsenal slumped to a last-gasp 2-1 Premier League defeat at relegation-threatened Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday in a blow to the London membership’s possibilities of securing European soccer subsequent season. Frenchman Neal Maupay struck the winner 5 minutes into stoppage time after Nicolas Pepe’s pleasant second-half opener had been cancelled out by Lewis Dunk.

The defeat left the Gunners, who misplaced keeper Bernd Leno to harm within the first half, in ninth place with 40 factors from 30 video games, six behind fifth-placed Manchester United. The consequence got here three days after Mikel Arteta’s aspect suffered a 3-Zero rout at Manchester City because the Premier League returned after a three-month hiatus because of the coronavirus well being disaster.

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Brighton are 15th on 32 factors, 5 factors above third-from-bottom Bournemouth, who’ve a sport in hand. Arsenal had 4 makes an attempt within the opening 10 minutes – greater than in your entire sport in opposition to Manchester City – however they nonetheless couldn’t discover the online. Their finest probability got here within the 31st minute when Alexandre Lacazette’s header was tipped away by Mathew Ryan after the Frenchman had been arrange by Bukayo Saka, Arsenal’s most harmful participant who struck the bar within the eighth minute.

Leno was carried off the pitch on a stretcher within the 40th minute with a attainable knee harm after a tussle with Maupay. He was changed by Emiliano Martinez, who made his first Premier League look since 2017 and was examined straight away by Aaron Mooy.

Pepe broke the impasse within the 68th with a splendid curled effort into the far high nook. It took Brighton seven minutes to degree, with Dunk forcing the ball in after Maupay’s header had been blocked on the road by Rob Holding following a nook. Five minutes into stoppage time, substitute Alexis Mac Allister performed the ball ahead and Maupay collected it after letting it run via his legs and flicked it previous the keeper to inflict a second consecutive defeat on Arsenal.


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