Wenger: Top four almost impossible for Arsenal

Petr Cech – 3

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Match of the Day pundit and former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer believes Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may have lost the faith of his stars, after the Gunners fell to their fourth straight defeat in the 2-1 defeat to Brighton on Sunday.

Brighton beat the Londoners 2-1 to hand them their their fourth successive defeat across all competitions and add Wenger's woes. We need two teams to collapse (in the Premier League). Everton are reportedly planning for life without Sam Allardyce following their poor run of form and according to the report Wenger is top of the list of replacements.

They will now have to put all their powers into enjoying a healthy European competition to gain their entry into next year's UEFA Champions League.

The result left the sixth-placed Gunners 13 points adrift of north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who occupy the last Champions League spot.

"It will be very hard to finish in the top four", said the Frenchman.

"Yes, because we have to be realistic", he said on if Ramsey's rest is a sign of the Europa League's importance.

He also attempted to explain the Gunners' dire situation with a philosophical metaphor, though - perhaps fittingly - it ended as something of a confusing misfire. The Seagulls are now within touching distance of safety. But we need to recover physically first.

"I don't deny that, but we'll analyse that at the end of the season". We have won four times in the last five cup finals, but losing one brings a lot of negativity.

Not just the one either, it sound like he wants wholesale changes.

Arteta is currently in his first coaching season at Man city and has caught the attention of Arsenal's major shareholder Stanley Kroenke due to Man city's desirable performance this season.

The hosts opened the scoring on seven minutes as Cech committed himself but then failed to collect a Pascal Gross corner, and Shane Duffy headed back across goal for defensive partner Dunk to slam home.

The veteran goalkeeper was then at fault again in the 26th minute, with a Glenn Murray effort squeezed under his body. While Brighton rank in the bottom third of the table with 26 goals, they have allowed the eighth fewest goals.

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