Arsenal’s title hopes were dealt a devastating blow after a loss to Brighton saw leaders Manchester City claim their fifth Premier League title in six seasons.
Gunners need to respond after Manchester City 3-0 win over Everton Mikel Arteta’s side were four points adrift in the title race earlier on Sunday.
It was a very frustrating day for Arsenal as Leandro Trossard hit the crossbar against his old club while Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Sa Cards hit the crossbar before Julio Enciso’s header from close range gave Brighton the lead.
Substitute Deniz Udav doubled the lead after lobbing Aaron Ramsdale in the 86th minute before Peves Estupinan fired Brighton’s third in the 96th minute. The ball added to Arsenal’s misery.
If City beat Chelsea at home (16:00 BST), they will win the Premier League in front of their own fans next Sunday, even if Arsenal beat Nottingham Forest at the City Stadium on Saturday (17:30).
However, if the Gunners lose at Forest, City will be crowned champions without a game on Saturday.
Arsenal lost Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli to injury in the first half after a foul by Brighton’s Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Caicedo, the Gunners trying to sign in January.
Brighton, vying for a place in Europe for the first time, were close to Enciso before the 19-year-old Paraguay striker stunned the Emirates with a 51st-minute goal.
The win puts the Seagulls ahead of Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur on 58 points for sixth and four behind fifth-placed Liverpool with a game in hand.
Arsenal’s highest points tally is 87, while Manchester City have 85 against Chelsea (home), Brighton (away) and Brentford (away).
Arsenal’s title challenge loses steam
Arsenal’s players fell to their knees after the full-time whistle and soon realized their title dreams were all but dashed after being knocked out by Brighton.
The Gunners deserve credit for the way they have pushed City through the title race.they are 8 points higher than city Top of the table after 18 games, their pursuit has run out of steam after a devastating defeat at the end of the season.
City moved four points clear of the top spot with a comfortable win over Everton earlier on Sunday, but this time Arsenal could not cope with the pressure Pep Guardiola’s Treble-winning side was throwing at them.
With nearly 40 minutes to go before Enciso opened the scoring, Arteta sent Eddie Nketiah and Emile Smith Rowe to try and salvage a point.
But the Arsenal boss, who was booked by referee Andy Madeley, saw his side concede two more goals as the home side failed to score for the first time since February 4 and headed for a total defeat.
“We know the challenge we face and it’s very different to what we had at Newcastle,” Arteta said of the 2-0 win.
“I stood here very proud of what we did last week, but today we have to apologize to our staff. We have to move forward very quickly and not feel that way for long.”
Brighton’s incredible season is far from over
It was another statement win for Brighton this season, having returned from a 5-1 home defeat to Everton with one of their best performances of the season.
They were at their best as Arsenal were beaten at the Emirates Stadium for only the second time in the league.
Roberto De Zerby has called on his players to “write club history” by qualifying for Europe for the first time.
“Qualifying for the Europa League is not enough,” De Zerby said. “We have four games, tough games. We have 58 points and it’s not enough. We have to win other games and the first will be at Newcastle. [on Thursday].
“I love working with the players. I’m lucky to be their coach and I’m glad they love working with me.
“It’s a great satisfaction for me, but I prefer to talk about everything at the end of the season because we want to achieve something historic for the fans and for the club.”
Two wins in their last four games – Newcastle (away), Southampton (home), Manchester City (home), Aston Villa (away) – will be enough for the Seagulls to confirm their place in next season’s Europa League. Location.
Against Arsenal, Brighton’s attack was at its best with 6 shots on target, half of which were scored.
“The manager showed us videos of Michael Jordan to show us how he motivates himself for every game,” striker Udav told Sky Sports.
“It was the right call to show us the video, we showed today how strong our spirit is.”
While Arsenal’s players looked dismayed at the final whistle, Brighton triumphantly marched to where their traveling fans had gathered to show their gratitude.
The Seagulls are far from over from an incredible season that has included FA Cup semi-final and league double wins over Manchester United and Chelsea.
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Game over, Arsenal 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 3.
Second half ends, Arsenal 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 3.
Target! Arsenal 0, Brighton & Hove Albion 3. Pervis Estupiñán (Brighton & Hove Albion) left-footed shot from the center of the box into the top center of the goal.
Attempt saved. Deniz Undav (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.
Attempt to be blocked. Reiss Nelson (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Partey.
Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Levi Colwill tries a through ball but Pervis Estupiñán is offside.
Moisés Caicedo (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Reiss Nelson (Arsenal).
Attempt to be blocked. Kaoru Minohe (Brighton) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Assisted by Deniz Undav.
Handball by Deniz Undav (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Thomas Partey (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Thomas Partey (Arsenal).
Target! Arsenal 0-2 Brighton & Hove Albion. Deniz Udav (Brighton & Hove Albion) left footed shot from the center of the box to the center of the goal. Assisted by Pascal Groß.
Foul by Deniz Undav (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Thomas Partey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Deniz Undav (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the center of the goal.
Attempt failed. Gabriel Magalhaes (Arsenal) right footed shot from the center of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Partey after the corner.
Corner, Arsenal. Lewis dunked the ball.
Attempt to be blocked. Reiss Nelson (Arsenal) left footed shot from a tight angle on the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eddie Nketiah.
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