Neal Maupay scored the winner five minutes into added time as relegation-threatened Brighton clinched a huge win over Arsenal, who once again lost a key player to injury.
Maupay showed coolness and class to slot in his ninth and mostvimportant goal of the season, give Albion their first league win of 2020 and cap a remarkable comeback.
Nicolas Pepe had fired the Gunners into a deserved lead with a superb curling shot with just over 20 minutes to go, but Lewis Dunk scrambled an equaliser over the line from close range to set up a barnstorming finish.
Maupay’s winner was a sucker punch for the Gunners, who have now lost back-to-back games since the Premier League returned – results
that surely make a late run to Champions League qualification very unlikely.
They may also have to navigate the rest of the season without goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who was taken off on a stretcher in the first half after landing awkwardly on his ankle following an aerial challenge with Maupay.
Maupay’s role in the incident seemed to anger Leno’s team-mates, some of whom became embroiled in a shoving match with the striker
Leno will be sidelined along with defender Pablo Mari and midfielder Granit Xhaka, both of whom were injured in Wednesday’s 3-0 loss at
There is no such negativity for Brighton, though. They appeared to come through the game largely unscathed and are now five points above the bottom three.
Reported by: Vincent Paul