Published: Mon, March 05, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger should STAY: Sky Sports pundit makes controversial claim

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger should STAY: Sky Sports pundit makes controversial claim

Arsene Wenger has explained his decision to leave several key players out of the Arsenal side that travelled to Brighton in Sunday's Premier League clash.

Petr Cech has taken the unusual step of accepting personal responsibility for Arsenal's defeat to Brighton.

Last season was the first time Arsenal have failed to finish in the top four under Wenger, but Sunday's loss leaves them in sixth place, 13 points behind Tottenham in fourth.

Over the course of the last five seasons, there has been a particularly repeated cry from Arsenal Supporters, "Wenger Out".

Arsenal ramped it up again in the closing moments, and 18-year-old Edward Nketiah was brought on for his Premier League debut, but it wasn't enough to stop Brighton as they added three points to their tally and made a strong claim for a second season in the Premier League.

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Arsene Wenger has chose to give Hector Bellerin a rest as Calum Chambers comes in at right-back while Sead Kolasinac keeps his place at left-back in place of the injured Nacho Monreal. "But I would like to see that more often than not from Xhaka - great play, great vision".

Assessing his teams struggles, the Frenchman said: "Yes, it is worse than last season, because past year we won the Cup and made 75 points".

It took Chris Hughton's side just seven minutes to open up the Arsenal backline, with Ezequiel Schelotto's powerful run down the left eventually leading to Pascal Gross's cross forcing a corner. The decision to rest players like Aaron Ramsey and Hector Bellerin was understandable but clearly didn't work. Laurent Koscielny's loose pass from the back was recycled to Gross and his inch-perfect delivery was thudded home by Murray, whose downward header skidded under Cech.

If anything is for sure, Arsenal have lost their mojo, Wenger has lost the dressing room, and the chance to secure a Champions League place through the Premier League has gone. But an Arsenal team filled with such quality shouldn't be walking away from a mid-table game with nothing.

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.

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