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EPL: Arsenal beaten again, Chelsea pummel Southampton

ARSENAL’s quest to return to the UEFA Champions League suffered a blow on Saturday as they were beaten 2-1 by Brighton at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners, who were roundly beaten 3-0 by Crystal Palace in midweek, went down to their second straight Premier League defeat to the bright Seagulls to lose ground in the race for a top four finish.

Leandro Trossard gave the visiting Brighton a shock lead in the 29th minute, firing home from Enoch Mwepu’s clever cutback.

Arsenal thought they were back level just before half-time but Gabriel Martinelli’s goal was ruled out for offside after four minutes of forensic examination by the Video Assistant Referee.

Brighton doubled their lead in the 66th minute through Mwepu and held on until one minute from time when Martinelli pulled one back for Arsenal.

It was too little, too late for Mikel Arteta’s side and they stayed in fifth place, level on points with Tottenham Hotspur, who face Aston Villa in the evening kick-off.

At the St Mary’s Stadium, Chelsea bounced back from their back-to-back defeats to Brentford and Real Madrid with a 6-0 hammering of Southampton.

Mason Mount and Timo Werner both scored twice, with Marco Alonso and Kai Havertz adding the other goals in the biggest away win of the season in the Premier League.

Chelsea have now won each of their last seven away games in all competitions, their joint-longest winning run on the road in their history, alongside seven-match streaks in April 1989 and November 2019, according to Opta statistics.

At Vicarage Road, Super Eagles forward Emmanuel Dennis came on as a first-half substitute as Watford lost 3-0 at home to Leeds United.

Dennis’ compatriots at Watford, Oghenekaro Etebo and William Troost-Ekong, were not in the matchday squad as the Hornets fell deeper into relegation waters.

Raphina, Rodrigo and Jack Harrison struck at Vicarage Road to leave Watford in 19th place, six points from safety.

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