Iwobi’s Arsenal falter again, Wenger under more pressure

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Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi played for 73 minutes, but could do little as Arsenal fell 2-1 to Brighton Hove Albion.

The gunners fell behind in the seventh minute when Pascal Gross’ corner was headed back across the six-yard box by Shane Duffy and – with Petr Cech out of position – Dunk responded quickest to stab home.

A deserved Brighton second duly arrived on 26 minutes when Laurent Koscielny conceded possession and the ball was worked to Gross on the right.

His cross was met by Murray in the six-yard box and the ball squeezed beneath the body of Cech.

Iwobi played a part in Arsenal getting  a scruffy goal two minutes before the break, as he pulled the ball back to Granit Xhaka and his pass was smartly deflected beyond Mathew Ryan by the outside of Aubameyang’s right foot.

Pressure mounts

The result makes it three loses on the bounce for the North-London side, with the chant ‘Wenger out’ from the away end very audible.

But the 69-year old  manager said after the match, he could still ‘fix things.’

“It’s the first time it happens in my whole career, I must say, It’s not easy; but I have enough experience and enough desire to turn things around and I must say that, at the moment, when you need to stay in the game we are making a few mistakes at the wrong moments. We have to stick together and focus. We have no other solution.”

Iwobi and Arsenal might have to forget any hopes of a top four finish, and concentrate on winning the Europa Cup to have any way of sneaking into the UEFA champions league.

But that bid will be put to the fullest test as they confront a resurgent AC Milan side intent on returning to the top echelon of European football.