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Injury time goal from villain Maupay beats Arsenal

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An injury-time winner from Neal Maupay saw Arsenal’s dreams of European football next season left in tatters.

It was Arsenal’s second game since the post-COVID-19 return to action for the Premier League.

Yet again the Gunners were struck with some terrible luck on the injury front.

The first-half collision between Brighton forward Neal Maupay and Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno saw the German shot-stopper leave the field on a stretcher.

Despite the injury crisis Mikel Arteta’s were dominant in possession of the ball and made that count in the 68th minute. Record signing Nicolas Pepe found the back of the net.

The Ivory Coast international whipped a fantastic strike from the edge of the box.

However, the Gunner’s joy was short-lived as Dunk pulled the Albion level seven minutes later.

A goal-line scramble just highlighted the lack of leadership in the Arsenal defense and Dunk capitalized on it.

The game appeared to be headed for a draw, but Brighton wasn’t done.

As the time ticked on and the game entered the 95th minute, the hosts took advantage of yet more defensive frailty from Arteta’s side.

The villain of the day Neal Maupay made the visitors pay with a winning goal.

That leaves Arsenal eight points off the Champions League and three points off the Europa League spots having played on the game more than several of the teams above them.