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Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 Arsenal – PLAYER RATINGS

PUBLISHED: 15:30 04 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:52 04 March 2018

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere (left) and Brighton & Hove Albion's Anthony Knockaert battle for the ball (pic Gareth Fuller/PA)

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere (left) and Brighton & Hove Albion's Anthony Knockaert battle for the ball (pic Gareth Fuller/PA)

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Arsenal lost 2-1 to Brighton and Hove Albion on the south coast on Sunday. Read on for Gunners reporter Layth Yousif’s PLAYER RATINGS from the Premier League match.

Arsenal's Calum Chambers (left) and Brighton & Hove Albion's Jose Izquierdo battle for the ball (pic Gareth Fuller/PA)Arsenal's Calum Chambers (left) and Brighton & Hove Albion's Jose Izquierdo battle for the ball (pic Gareth Fuller/PA)

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Petr Cech: 5 – A legend past his best. The 21st century Arsenal equivalent of Pat Jennings.

Calum Chambers: 5 – Really hasn’t kicked on after his initial promise. Disappointing to see a young player lose his way so badly.

Shkodran Mustafi: 5 – Poor defensive positioning and a lack of spirit. Again.

Laurent Koscielny: 5.5 – Hit the post with a header when he could have equalised before the interval but another who had an under-par day on the south coast.

Sead Kolasinac: 5 – Cast as the villain after contact with Ezequiel Schelotto in the second half but always had his eye on the ball. Something you couldn’t always accuse him of doing when tasked with his defensive duties.

Granit Xhaka: 4 - Nowhere near as influential as he was required to be, creatively or defensively. Who on earth agreed to pay £35 million for a player who has failed to consistently impress?

Jack Wilshere: 5 – At least looks like he cares. The fact he will probably be leaving as the club won’t offer him a salary commensurate to his talents is just another sad indictment on the club’s hierarchy.

Henrik Mkhitaryan: 4 – Another who has had an extremely poor week.

Mesut Ozil: 4 – The talented German gave the shirt he wore at Wembley to a six-year-old lad. Wags joked it probably didn’t need washing. If that was the case after his poor display against Manchester City during the Carabao Cup final then the same applied at Brighton.

Alex Iwobi: 4 – Sad to see him singularly fail to deliver on the promise of his debut season two years ago. Which is a very long time for a player to continue to play so badly for the first team of one of the world’s biggest football clubs.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 4 – Netted his first away goal in Arsenal colours but offered little apart from rare flashes of his undoubted talent and pace.

Brighton and Hove Albion

Mathew Ryan: 7

Gaetan Bong: 7

Lewis Dunk: 8.5

Dale Stephens: 7

Anthony Knockaert: 7.5

Pascal Gross: 7

Glenn Murray: 8

Jose Izquierdo: 7

Ezequiel Schelotto: 7

Shane Duffy: 7

Davy Propper: 7

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