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‘We knew Gunners fans will turn on team’ – Dunk stir Arsenal pot

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Brighton captain Lewis Dunk said he knew his team could get the Arsenal crowd to turn against their own side on Thursday night as the club slumped to their worst run of form since 1977 (EveningStandard).

Goals from Adam Webster and Neal Maupay, either side of Alexandre Lacazette’s 50th-minute strike, consigned Arsenal to a 2-1 home defeat and stretched their winless run to nine matches.

They are now 10th in the Premier League — just five points above the relegation places and 10 off Chelsea in fourth. The match was interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg’s first game in charge at the Emirates Stadium and he saw his team booed off at half-time and at the final whistle. 

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

“It was probably partly our fault that we didn’t kill the game off in the first half. We got into some really good positions, we missed a couple of great chances, and if we had come in at half-time leading by more of a gap, I don’t think even they could come back into it. We gave them a little chance, but we came back at the end.”

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