ARSENAL'S hopes of lifting the Premier League trophy this season have officially been quashed after a 2-1 defeat to Brighton.
Arsenal have just one opportunity to salvage their season, with Wenger having conceded that a top-four finish is now beyond his side - as they sit 13 points off the pace.
The former Cardiff City man had added real dynamism to Arsenal's midfield this season, with the highlight being his stunning hat-trick against Everton in the Premier League last month.
The recalled Alex Iwobi then played Arsenal into trouble, smashing a clearance straight at Anthony Knockaert, who should have scored after exchanging passes with Pascal Gross.
The Gunners provided most of the offense in the opening minutes, but after a few tries at Brighton's goal, a quick Brighton counterattack led to a corner at the other end of the pitch in the 6th minute.
The Czech international's indecision at Bournemouth contributed to a comeback win from Eddie Howe's side in January; 12 days later he gifted Swansea's Jordan Ayew a crucial goal at the Liberty Stadium and this time, after Arsenal had begun with relative promise, his mistimed jump against Duffy handed Brighton the lead from their first attack.
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Rio Ferdinand has said that it is time for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to know when enough is enough and to quit the club. We need two teams to collapse and I don't see that happening.
Instead, Arsenal betrayed the defensive frailties that have been a feature of their campaign and allowed Brighton to take control. The decision to rest players like Aaron Ramsey and Hector Bellerin was understandable but clearly didn't work.
Instead, Arsenal were repeatedly pushed back with Cech forced to save well from Gross before Dunk wastefully headed over the bar.
Sadio Mane's goal in the second half ensured there was no joy for Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, whose Liverpool team won the UCL in 2005.
"We want Wenger out", came the cry from the away end but Arsenal did improve as the half wore on and they got themselves back into the game when Aubameyang flicked home Granit Xhaka's cross.