The 3-0 defeat to the Seagulls ended Arsenal’s title hopes for 2022/23, with the Gunners now sitting four points behind Manchester City – who have a game in hand, with just two games left to play.
Following the game Arsenal centre-back Jakub Kiwior has come in for heavy criticism online.
Julio Enciso opened the scoring as Arsenal’s 23-year-old centre-half lay on the floor clutching his boot following a supposed stamp by Nathan Ferguson.
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane, who was on punditry duty for Sky Sports, was less than impressed with Kiwior’s antics, whilst Jamie Carragher has also criticised the stopper.
Now, Kiwior has tried to explain his actions to Viaplay afterwards, explaining why he went to ground when Brighton were threatening to force a breakthrough: “I felt contact and lost my boot and didn’t even see the goal. I hoped VAR would intervene and chalk off the goal, but unfortunately, the ref saw it differently. After we conceded the second our heads dropped and we couldn’t come back.”