‘We’ve all been there’ – Arsenal ‘trolled’ by Brighton after Mikel Arteta’s side fall to defeat

Arsenal have been ‘trolled’ by Brighton on Twitter after the Seagulls claimed all three points in north London on Saturday. Goals from Leandro Trossard and Enock Mwepu were enough to earn a 2-1 and condemn the hosts to their second successive defeat.

Crystal Palace picked up humbled Mikel Arteta’s side with a 3-0 win at Selhurst Park on Monday night and Graham Potter followed Patrick Vieira’s example this weekend. Although they still boast a game in hand on Tottenham, Antonio Conte’s men will now feel they have the momentum heading into the final stages of the top-four race.

Martin Odegaard’s late strike from long-range offered a glimmer of hope after Gabriel Martinelli had a first-half strike ruled out for offside. But Arsenal could not find that second goal necessary to claim a point, leaving Arteta frustrated.

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“Really poor again,” Arteta said of the performance in his post-match press conference. “The reaction we wanted to show we didn’t make it on the pitch. The first chance they had they scored. We created a cold atmosphere but when we tried to change it, it was too late.”

In one respect, Arsenal may count themselves unlucky that their opponents were able to take their chances. So often this season Brighton have forged gilt-edged chances but have been unable to finish them off, gaining themselves a reputation as a club who always wins games on expected goals (xG).

Potter has previously said he takes no notice of the statistic, designed to measure the quality of chances a side has during a game. But on Saturday, the roles were reversed. As shared by @xGPhilosophy on Twitter, Arsenal finished the game with an xG of 2.27 while Brighton’s was just 0.74.

The south-coast side saw an opportunity to seemingly have a gentle dig at the Gunners, replying to the Tweet: “We’ve all been there, @Arsenal.”

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