Saturday, 7 December 2019

Brighton’s Victory Adds to Arsenal’s Record of Defeat

By db-admin –  Arsenal’s bad period continued when they suffered a 1-2 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion, in the matchday 15 of the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium, Friday (6/12) AM.

Arsenal surprisingly lost 1-2 through two goals by Adam Webster (36 ‘) and Neal Maupay (80’) who reduced goals by Alexandre Lacazette in the 50th minute. As a result, Arsenal were without a win in nine consecutive matches in all competitions.

It was Arsenal’s worst period since March 1977 or 42 years ago. The change of manager from Unai Emery, who was dismissed, to Freddie Ljungberg was unable to lift Arsenal’s performance.

Arsenal are now in 10th place of the Premier League standings with 19 points. Arsenal’s position is closer to the relegation zone, five points from Everton, compared to Chelsea who are in the top four Premier League (Champions League zone) by 10 points.

“We have to win immediately to gain confidence. It’s clear the tension between supporters affects players. They are only human, they want to look good and feel pressure. But we have to win and we have shown in the second half we were able to score one goal,” Ljungberg said after the game ended.

The defeat is getting worse as Graham Potter and his players has made the Emirates stadium like their turf. That can be seen from Arsenal’s record who lost control of the ball, 49 percent, compared to 51 percent of Brighton.

Arsenal released 12 kicks and five of them were on target, while Brighton released 20 kicks – nine of them on target.

“I am thrilled (Brighton won). This is a great feeling. We have gone through three difficult games and have not won points, so this is a feeling of comfort,” Potter added at Brighton and Hove’s Independent.

Reporting from various sources, here are some interesting notes from the Arsenal match against Brighton at the Emirates Stadium:

1. No team in the top five European leagues has suffered more attempts from opponents at home than Arsenal (52 kicks – nine from Brighton).

2. Graham Potter has won two matches at the Emirates Stadium as manager. One with Ostersund (2-1) and the other against Brighton (2-1).

3. Arsenal have now failed to win in nine consecutive matches in all competitions, the longest winless record in 42 consecutive years (1977).

4. Arsenal have now conceded novice goals in each of the four Premier League matches, previously against Leicester City, Southampton and Norwich City.

5. Brighton won their first ever win in all Premier League away games against six major teams (one draw, lost 15), and the first time the Seaguls scored more than one goal.

6. Longest Premier League record without a win. Arsenal (seven), Bournemouth, Sheffield United (four), Everton and Watford (three).

7. All five Alexandre Lacazette goals in the Premier League have been created at the Emirates this season – only Mohamed Salah has scored 100 percent of goals in home games this season (six goals).

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