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Dec 6, 2019, 8:41:00 PM

Lewis Dunk claims Arsenal crowd played key part in defeat

Defender Lewis Dunk believes a negative atmosphere at the Emirates contributed to Brighton’s Premier League win over Arsenal.

The Seagulls won 2-1 in North London last night, thanks to goals from Adam Webster and Neal Maupay, after Alexandre Lacazette had levelled the game for Arsenal.

“I think if we put them under pressure, and got into them early like we did, I think it was going to be tough for them,” said Dunk.

“They are going through a tough time, and if we got on top of them, the crowd would go against them and we managed that.

“The crowd turned on them a bit, especially at half-time when they were booing them off so it was nice to get the win,” he added.

Dunk’s comments were backed up by temporary Arsenal boss Freddie Ljunberg, who said: "It's tough, they looked low on confidence in the first half.

“We need to dig out a win to get some confidence. It's obvious the nerves in the crowd affect the players as well.”

Words: Jake Evans

Images: PA