Morning, Arsenal fans
Mikel Arteta admitted he was ‘concerned’ by the Gunners’ failings after a second straight dismal Prem defeat.
And with Tottenham strengthening their grip on fourth place, Spurs could also duel Arsenal for £60million-rated Leicester midfielder James Maddison.
Leandro Trossard’s curler and Enock Mwepu’s stunner put Brighton 2-0 up at the Emirates.
And with the Seagulls defending brilliantly, the Gunners only poured forward late on, Martin Odegaard poaching a consolation.
Arteta said: “We were sloppy, we had no purpose to attack, we were really imprecise and we didn’t want to play forward.
“There are many games to play but we have to be concerned about that performance, especially first half.
“We created a cold atmosphere in the stadium because we didn’t give the fans anything and they could not see the purpose of what the team was trying to do. And that was down to us.
“So what happens now is that we criticise ourselves a lot and take the slaps we deserve again and then we lift ourselves up.”
Meanwhile, Antonio Conte claims his Tottenham side can “feel the blood” of wobbling Champions League rivals Arsenal and Manchester United.
Spurs beat Aston Villa 4-0, led by Son Heung-Min’s hat-trick, to move three points clear of the Gunners, who have a game in hand.