It is no longer news that Brighton defeated Arsenal for the first time since 1982 to increase the pressure on Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.Wenger’s side had breezed past Brighton with a comfortable 2-0 victory when the two teams met at the Emirates in October. On that day the Frenchman celebrated the 21st anniversary of his arrival at the club and his side were level on points with Chelsea, and a point behind bitter rivals Tottenham.After a bleak winter they find themselves eight points behind the former club, 13 points behind the latter and pinning their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League via the Europa League. Unlike the defeats to City, Arsenal had at least shown a bit more fight against Albion but were still well below their best.Wenger’s side have now lost eight matches in all competitions in 2018 – more than any other Premier League team – and the level of performance from his players begs the question of whether they have simply lost faith in Wenger’s managerial ability.The chorus of disapproval from ex-Arsenal players grows louder by the week and if that is a barometer for the existing squad then the end of Wenger’s tenure is surely drawing closer. The 68-year-old signed a two-year contract in May but even winning the Europa League may not be able to grant him a stay of execution into the 2018-19 season.Photo Credit: Getty

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