Yet Another Bad Day for Mikel Arteta's Arsenal

Leno injury

Arsenal looked not to have recovered from the COVID-19 rust judging by another disappointing result recorded away from home today.

Having taken the lead, Mikel Arteta's men slipped to settle for defeat in the hands of a Brighton & Hove side who were the underdogs for a greater part of the outing.

And just like in the loss to Manchester City three days ago, the injury list got a new addition which one way or the other went on to tell on the outcome of the game.

The visitors dominated from the beginning as expected with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang firing twice at goal. Bukayo Saka's curling attempt followed.

Alexandre Lacazette stepped up for his although he was stopped first by Dan Burn before another of his which this time was a  saved header was saved by Mat Ryan.

We still had ten minutes to play in the opening half and this was when we were hit. Bernd Leno went down after flying high to contest the ball with Maupay. 

It was an unpleasant sight to behold. The German wasn't happy especially when efforts by the medical team to get him back on his feet failed and he was seen yelling at Maupay while heading out on a stretcher.

Our Argentine goalkeeper, Emi Martinez, who came on to fill the void left was called to action straightaway as he was forced to keep out Aaron Mooy's bumper shot.

Aubameyang then combined well with his friend but was halted on his tracks by a tackle in the area from Adam Webster. We ended the first forty-five minutes in a stalemate.

Our hunger for triumph showed within few minutes of restart. Our captain was at it again! His left-footed try from the edge of the area was however denied by Ryan.

Shortly after, Auba received the ball from Saka, planted it in the net but saw the flag go up for offside. A VAR check further validated the decision which had to stand and place the scoreline the same way it was before the game.

Maupay came knocking only to be denied by Martinez. On the reverse, Auba was also hindered from slotting home the opener. The deadlock was finally broken through Pepe's strike in the 68th minute, thanks to a Saka assist.

Lewis Dunk came with the equaliser when from a corner kick, he sent one over the line from close range.

Two more tries from Auba and one from Shkodran Mustafi did nothing to change our fate and four minutes into injury time, the winning goal showed up for Brighton. Maupay was their hero 

That made it two losses in a row from two matches played after the lockdown. Will our next game against Southampton break this jinx?


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