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Arsenal suffer Champions League setback after 2-1 defeat to Brighton


Arsenal suffered a setback in their quest for Champions League qualification after losing 2-1 to Brighton at the Emirates Stadium.

Mike Arteta’s side were hoping to edge fourth-placed Tottenham who face Aston Villa later today with a victory against the Seagulls but fell behind before the half-hour mark.

Enock Mwepu teed up Leandro Trossard for the opener as Graham Potter’s men ended the first half the better side.

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Mwepu doubled the lead for Graham Potter’s side in the 66th minute to leave the home side with a mountain to climb.

Martin Ødegaard scored a deflected stunner one minute to the end of regular time to begin a resurgence for the Gunners.

But his effort appeared too little too late for Arteta’s side who were unable to seal a comeback despite an additional six minutes.

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Arsenal have now lost consecutive home league games, having lost just two of their previous 16 at the Emirates Stadium (W12 D2).

The defeat hands Tottenham a chance to go three points clear of their London rivals when they face Steven Gerrard’s side at Villa Park.