Worrying Arsenal defensive stat emerges after Brighton

Arsenal 1- Brighton 1

Arsenal and Brighton went head-to-head in Sunday’s late Premier League clash.

The tie had great significance for the Gunners, after Chelsea beat Watford 3-0 earlier in the day.

This meant that Unai Emery’s side kicked off four points behind now 4th-placed Tottenham.

As a result, Arsenal were aware that a defeat would have seen their top-4 hopes officially brought to an end.

Even a draw, though, would have seen Spurs end the day with a +8 goal difference over the Gunners, meaning a win was almost certainly needed.

Granit Xhaka

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 05: Solomon March of Brighton and Hove Albion (L) is brought down by Granit Xhaka of Arsenal inside the box which lead to a penalty being awarded during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on May 05, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Arsenal’s poor defensive record

Arsenal did get off to a good start as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put them 1-0 inside nine minutes from the penalty spot.

After taking the lead, however, the Gunners created very little and invited the Seagulls back into the game.

Chris Hughton’s side would then draw level in the 60th minute, also from the spot. The strike came as Glen Murray’s 200th senior goal.

After conceding vs Brighton, Arsenal have matched an unwanted defensive record.

They have now let in 50 league goals this campaign, meaning they have conceded 50+ goals in back-to-back Premier League seasons for the first time since 1982-83 and 1983-84.

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