Wenger's woe deepens as Brighton beats Arsenal

Hughton feels Wenger has the experience to handle his current situation

"It is very hard, almost impossible now, we are too far behind", the Frenchman said after Arsenal remained on 45 points, trailing north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in fourth by 13 points.

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Čech has taken to Twitter to apologise for his performance after his costly errors saw the Gunners lose 2-1 away to Brighton in the Premier League.

"When you have lost five out of the last seven in the Premier League, anybody else would be thinking, "I'm going to lose my job".

But the Arsenal board are content, it seems, to let things play out - whether that means play out until summer or play out until Wenger's contract expires is kinda not the point. I believe I can do it. We need to recover physically first.

Successive 3-0 reverses by Manchester City, the first in the League Cup final and the second in the league, could be explained in part by the dominance of Pep Guardiola's runaway table-toppers, but the losses to Ostersunds in the Europa League and to Brighton verged on embarrassing.

He said: "No. There's no uncertainty, I told you many times. What I don't want to see is what's happening to him, and I would like him to have the last word, whatever word it's going to be". I think at the moment, sadly, Arsenal look like a team who are going backwards.

Brighton will look to take advantage of Arsenal's recent struggles
Brighton will look to take advantage of Arsenal's recent struggles

"You're not going to get in the top four again, this is the second year on the run - of course you would".

Murray's header, his sixth goal in 2018, put Brighton two up after a mistake by Laurent Koscielny, prompting an angry response from the travelling supporters. "We are too far behind", said Wenger, stating the obvious, when asked about Arsenal's chances of getting into the top four by the end of season.

"We were fortunate to score and we are very happy to win the three points", Silva said. When you go through a hard patch, uncertainty before the game is the quality of the performance we can give.

Only Bournemouth and Everton have rescued more points from a losing position than Arsenal this season and the Gunners hinted at a comeback as Aubameyang deftly flicked Granit Xhaka's pass beyond Brighton stopper Mathew Ryan.

Wenger's side face a make-or-break Europa League round-of-16 tie against AC Milan, with the first leg at the San Siro on Thursday.

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