Brighton mock Arsenal in brutal social media post after dramatic defeat

Brighton have poked fun at Arsenal on Twitter following their victory over the Gunners in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

The Seagulls ended a run of seven games without victory by picking up a surprise 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium. Graham Potter’s side had won just once in their last 12 games in all competitions coming into the fixture, but stunned the Gunners away from home.

Leandro Trossard curled in the opener before Gabriel Martinelli saw an equaliser ruled out by VAR for offside. Enock Mwepu then doubled Brighton’s lead after the break with a side-footed finish from the edge of the box and Martin Odegaard’s late strike from distance proved only to be a consolation.

Brighton were delighted to secure what was just a fourth win in 26 league games and were not shy about winding up their opponents on social media following the final whistle. The Seagulls have frequently engaged with an account called The xG Philosophy after losing several games last season despite dominating the statistics.

After the final whistle, the account tweeted the Expected Goals (xG) from the match, which showed Arsenal had much better chances, racking up 2.27 xG to Brighton’s total of 0.74. The stats showed Brighton were lucky – or simply clinical in front of goal – and the club were quick to gloat.

“We’ve all been there, @Arsenal,” the club’s official account tweeted. At the time of writing Arsenal have not responded – and it seems unlikely they will take the bait as they lick their wounds following a damaging defeat.

Arsenal are locked in a tense battle for fourth place in the Premier League and would have hoped to take advantage of Manchester United ’s 1-0 defeat against relegation-threatened Everton on Saturday. Instead their own defeat handed initiative to rivals Tottenham, who can increase their lead in fourth place in the late kick-off against Aston Villa.

Fans were divided in their response to Brighton’s banter. “Nah man I can't handle this,” wrote one Arsenal fan. “Why do you have to hurt us like this,” wrote another. “I'm an Arsenal fan and I still love this social media admin,” added another. “This is totally unnecessary considering Arsenal have relegated you guys in the past and never mentioned it,” said one fan who did not see the funny side.

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