BRIGHTON, England (AP) - Arsenal completed a terrible week by losing 2-1 at Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday to slip 13 points off the Champions League qualification positions and pile more pressure on manager Arsene Wenger.
Seven minutes into the first half, Brighton broke the deadlock when Shane Duffy's header across the face of goal was turned home by Lewis Dunk. Arsenal's season fell to a new low with a fourth straight defeat in all competitions, which also left them 13 points outside the Premier League's top four with just nine games to play.
For Brighton's seventh-minute opener, Cech wasn't almost strong enough at a corner and lost out to Shane Duffy, whose header found Dunk to fire home.
Arsenal's next game is on Thursday, March 8th, against Milan in the Europa League-perhaps they'll be able to pull themselves together by then.
Over the course of the last five seasons, there has been a particularly repeated cry from Arsenal Supporters, "Wenger Out".
Throughout the game, Wenger sat in his chair, either shaking his head or staying quiet - much like I imagine the Arsenal board following the game -, while Chris Hughton barked his orders from the touchline.
Not for the first time, the hashtag #WengerOut was trending from tens of thousands of tweets.
Instead, Arsenal betrayed the defensive frailties that have been a feature of their campaign and allowed Brighton to take control.
But somehow Arsenal halved the deficit with a scruffy goal two minutes before the break. The decision to rest players like Aaron Ramsey and Hector Bellerin was understandable but clearly didn't work. Hit the post on the strike of half-time but looked a mess in defence with his wayward passing gifting Brighton possession for the second goal.
"My future is not my main worry", Wenger said. The former Manchester United defender, who played against Wenger's best teams, called the current Arsenal side the worst he has seen in his lifetime and stated that they are proof that talent alone isn't enough to win games. Granit Xhaka fed the ball into Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who cleverly flicked the ball home with the outside of his boot.
The second half started evenly, with Mesut Ozil stinging the palms of Mathew Ryan with a drilled effort before a flashpoint on 65 minutes as Sead Kolasinac, already booked, ploughed into Ezequiel Schelotto.