Arsenal’s winless run in the Premier League stretched to seven games as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Brighton.
The Gunners, who are currently managed by club legend Freddie Ljungberg, were way off the pace in the first half and deservedly found themselves a goal down at the break.
Adam Webster was the quickest to react to a goalmouth scramble and fired the ball home as the familiar boos from the home crowd this season rung around the Emirates Stadium.
The hosts livened up after the break and got level on 50 minutes thanks to Alexandre Lacazette’s looping header.
It looked as though David Luiz had turned the game around moments later but the defender’s strike was correctly ruled out for offside by VAR.
That setback seemed to knock the stuffing out of the Gunners, with Brighton looking far more composed towards the end.
And the Seagulls took advantage of Arsenal’s lack of confidence when Neal Maupay got the winner ten minutes from time with a well-taken glancing header from the left.
The result puts Brighton just a point behind Arsenal, who are tenth in the Premier League table.
Sheffield United’s seven-match unbeaten run in the Premier League came to a shuddering halt as Newcastle benefited from one of the season’s more bizarre VAR decisions to win 2-0 at Bramall Lane.
The Magpies were already leading courtesy of Allan Saint-Maximin’s early header, before some intelligent play from Jonjo Shelvey saw the visitors double their lead midway through the second half.
Paul Dummett’s long ball forward was flicked on by Andy Carroll and Shelvey found himself clean through on goal after making a run from deep.
The Blades defenders totally stopped playing, believing the Newcastle midfielder to be offside, while goalkeeper Dean Henderson made no attempt to save the ball as Shelvey fired into the back of the net, knowing the goal would be checked.
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It was a very tight decision but Carroll was inches onside and the goal stood to give the Magpies a vital victory on Thursday night.
The hosts’ first defeat since losing at home to Liverpool on September 28 still leaves them in the top half of the table, while Newcastle are now level on points with Chris Wilder’s side.