Published: Mon, March 05, 2018
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

Petr Cech takes responsibility for both goals in Arsenal loss to Brighton

Petr Cech takes responsibility for both goals in Arsenal loss to Brighton

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech is taking the blame for the Gunners' 2-1 loss at Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.

For once, this does not refer to Wenger - that would be a truism by now - but rather to Cech, who was at fault for both of Brighton's goals and is costing Arsenal points on a regular basis.

The defeat was Arsenal's 10th in the league this season. Glenn Murray made it two for Brighton less than twenty minutes later thanks to some truly dire defending by the visitors.

Arsenal will be looking to register their first win after three straight losses against Brighton in the Premier League.

Throughout the game, Wenger sat in his chair, either shaking his head or staying quiet - much like I imagine the Arsenal board following the game -, while Chris Hughton barked his orders from the touchline.

"There's no uncertainty [with the players about his future], I told you many times".

However, just as it looks like the team was shaping up for a positive afternoon, Brighton took an early lead through a corner. Cech partially redeemed himself by beating away a drive by Pascal Gross and, in the 18th minute, Dunk headed another set-piece over the top when he ought to have done better.

"If we were to lose every game we've got left we go down so we've got to keep at it and keep doing what we've been doing to get to this point".

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.

Chants of Wenger Out came from the away end as Arsenal trailed at the break but Wenger's half-time team talk seemed to inspire his players slightly as the Gunners came out fighting in the second half.

It all began so well for the pair as, 37 minutes into their first Premier League start together, Mkhitaryan split the Everton defence with an inch-perfect pass for Aubameyang to score.

Arsenal's lacklustre display was summed up by the way Alex Iwobi was easily dispossessed inside his own half by Anthony Knockaert who was denied only by another good save from Cech.

DF Sead Kolasinac, 5 - Was fortunate not to see red when, on a yellow, he smashed into Ezequiel Schelotto when trying to challenge for the ball.

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