Arsenal slammed by Brighton midfielder Sidwell: No fight, no passion

  • Arsenal slammed by Brighton midfielder Sidwell: No fight, no passion

Arsenal slammed by Brighton midfielder Sidwell: No fight, no passion

Losing to Pep Guardiola's irresistible champions-elect is one thing, but to a Brighton side, battling relegation will not be so palatable for Arsenal fans growing increasingly exhausted of Wenger's reign.

City won 1-0 at home to Chelsea later on Sunday, with Bernardo Silva scoring the decisive goal, as they moved a commanding 18 points clear of the chasing pack.

Wilshere was among the Arsenal players criticised for his display on the south coast.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his "naked" team need support rather than criticism after they lost 2-1 to Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday.

Arsenal now face a second successive season outside of the Champions League, unless they go on to win the Europa League in order to qualify for the competition. We need to recover physically first.

"I must tell you, honestly, at the moment my future is not my main worry", Wenger told a media conference.

"And when a team struggles a bit for confidence it's even more hard".

"But we have to give our best for as long as we can".

Eighty-eight per cent of Arsenal Supporters Trust (AST) members who responded to a survey say they do not support Arsene Wenger remaining in charge of the club beyond the end of the season.

"It's not easy, but I have enough experience and enough desire to turn things around and I must say that, at the moment, when you need to stay in the game we are making a few mistakes at the wrong moments".

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 interval came at the right time for Brighton and while the Seagulls didn't develop the same momentum at the start of the second period, they again showed they could stretch the Arsenal defence.

After taking a lead in the first half, Brighton professionally dealt with Arsenal's attacks after the break, pushing their players into less risky areas of the field.

Arsenal is in sixth place and destined for another year out of the Champions League, unless it can win the Europa League to earn a direct passage to Europe's top competition.

He said: "We are talking about shall he quit or not - I can never say that".

Conte, however, was visibly affected by the death of Fiorentina defender Davide Astori.