Former Brentford striker Neal Maupay compiled Arsenal’s woes with a last-gasp finish to give hosts Brighton a 2-1 win over Mikel Arteta’s gunners who had earlier seen goalkeeper Bernd Leno stretchered off.
Replays showed Leno had appeared to see his knee buckle after being pushed by Maupay as the two competed for an aerial ball before half-time, and the German ‘keeper had aimed some choice words at the Brighton forward as he was stretchered from the pitch.
The Gunners put their disappointment behind them to take the lead after the break, with Nicolas Pepe curling in a stunning opener after 68 minutes.
But their joy was cut short when Lewis Dunk slid in to bundle home an equaliser from close-range following a corner seven minutes later, and in the fifth minute of added-time, Maupay ended a controversial afternoon with the winning goal, running onto Aaron Connolly’s one-two before lifting the ball over replacement goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
Brighton’s first league win of 2020 gives them breathing space in the fight against relegation with a five-point cushion over the bottom three, while ninth-placed Arsenal, who had not lost this year prior to the Premier League restart, could end the weekend in the bottom half – and as many as seven points off the Champions League qualifying spots.