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Premier League upsets: Arsenal stunned by West Ham, Tottenham alter against Brighton

London’s football scene witnessed two surprising turns as Arsenal stumbled against West Ham United, suffering a 0-2 defeat at the Emirates, while Tottenham Hotspur faced a 2-4 setback against Brighton & Hove Albion.

In a clash for the top spot, Arsenal, aiming to reclaim first place in the Premier League, fell short as West Ham displayed determination. Manager Mikel Arteta expressed disappointment, stressing, “We have to put the ball in (the net) and win it (the game).”

West Ham capitalised on limited chances, securing a halftime lead through Tomas Soucek’s goal. Former Arsenal defender Konstantinos Mavropanos further extended West Ham’s advantage in the second half, leaving Arsenal struggling despite their numerous opportunities.

Reflecting on the unexpected win, Mavropanos shared, “I think the best moment to score my first goal for West Ham and in the Premier League.” He highlighted the team’s dedication to set-pieces, emphasising the significance of the victory.


While West Ham celebrated a historic triumph, questions loomed over Arsenal’s consistency and finishing prowess, echoing uncertainties about their title contention.

In another fixture, Tottenham’s depleted squad faced a challenging 2-4 defeat against Brighton. Manager Ange Postecoglou acknowledged the strain on his team due to injuries and suspensions, admitting, “It’s been difficult this whole run.”

Despite a late rally that salvaged some pride, Tottenham’s struggles were evident, with Postecoglou acknowledging the physical toll on his players. Captain Son Heung-min echoed the sentiment, emphasising the need for a wake-up call to maintain competitiveness in the league.

The unexpected results shook up the league standings, with Arsenal remaining in second place, two points behind leaders Liverpool, while Tottenham occupies the fifth spot with a depleted squad facing upcoming challenges.


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