Arsenal slammed by Brighton midfielder Sidwell: No fight, no passion

Hope Soto
March 6, 2018

Arsenal is in sixth place and destined for another year out of the Champions League, unless it can win the Europa League to earn a direct passage to Europe's top competition.

The Welsh worldwide has been at Arsenal since 2008 and is in his tenth season at the club scoring 35 goals from midfield in 229 appearances, but a spate of injuries and loss of form have meant that game time has been limited in recent seasons.

Mkhitaryan struggled to find consistency last season but the start he made for United in this campaign showed promise as he registered five assists in United's opening three Premier League games.

Arsenal's lacklustre display was summed up by the way Alex Iwobi was easily dispossessed inside his own half by Anthony Knockaert who was denied only by another good save from Cech.

It was the first time Arsenal have lost four consecutive games since 2002.

Eighty-eight per cent of Arsenal Supporters Trust (AST) members who responded to a survey say they do not support Arsene Wenger remaining in charge of the club beyond the end of the season. With Arsenal's main concerns stemming from their defence, and both Mustafi and Cech to blame for the second goal of the afternoon, this wouldn't have given anyone hope moving forward.

Arsenal suffered humiliation at the hands of newly-promoted Brighton. Former colleges of Wenger have always praised the Frenchman for his ability to go back to basics.

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The second half, however, did not bring the onslaught that Arsenal fans may have expected, however.

But they would halve the arrears before heading in for the break, Iwobi capitalising on some uncertain Brighton defending and passing to Granit Xhaka, whose pass was turned home by Aubameyang.

"Even he, in the short time he's been at Arsenal, has been affected by the mood". To persist with the 68-year-old was a huge oversight by the club and sticking with a manager that can no longer inspire his players or provide the tactical quality to properly compete with the top-6 is setting the club back.

Arsenal great Thierry Henry has said he would not "back down from a challenge" if a vacancy arose to succeed Arsene Wenger as manager of the Gunners.

It is nearly 14 years since Arsenal won the Premier League title without losing a single game as a defence comprising Lauren, Kolo Toure, Sol Campbell or Martin Keown and Ashley Cole largely kept all-comers at bay.

It's not a great time to be an Arsenal fan.

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