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Arsène Wenger insists he is ‘still the right man for the job’ at Arsenal

• Arsenal manager admits Brighton defeat ended top-four hopes
• Four defeats in a row spell worst Arsenal sequence since 2002

Arsène Wenger admitted Arsenal’s hopes of a top-four Premier League finish were over after the 2-1 defeat at Brighton. The club lag 13 points behind fourth‑placed Tottenham Hotspur and the Europa League appears to have become their only shot at Champions League qualification. They play Milan in the last 16.

Related: Arsenal crash at Brighton to pile more pressure on Arsène Wenger

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Premier League relegation scrap: who will survive and who faces the drop?

With around half the division in danger of falling into the Championship, we analyse which clubs have the most to fear

West Brom look to be a write-off even though their fixture list seems relatively favourable. Their form is deteriorating rather than improving, and the injury to Daniel Sturridge is an unfortunate, if foreseeable, blow. Stoke, by contrast, are improving, seemingly energised by Paul Lambert, some astute January signings and an in-form Xherdan Shaqiri. The fear is all that is too little, too late, especially with a difficult run-in. Crystal Palace will survive if Wilfried Zaha returns to fitness soon. Southampton are extremely wasteful and often quite boring but have enough class to stay up. Haplessness clings to West Ham like a foul smell but they will probably linger, too, thanks to their firepower. Huddersfield have found a second wind, as well as a much-needed schemer (Alex Pritchard). Brighton’s home form should see them right, although their run-in is tough. Newcastle and Watford can pull out big results in times of need. Swansea, meanwhile, have found a method and spirit under their new manager but their squad remains weak and their resurgence looks set to peter out like a bad Carlos Carvalhal analogy.

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Premier League and Carabao Cup: 10 talking points from the weekend

England hopefuls have a mixed afternoon, confusion for Serge Aurier and Romelu Lukaku finally does it against a top-six team

The weight of goals that Sergio Agüero has scored against Arsenal, with Sunday’s strike a fifth in five matches, should have raised Shkodran Mustafi’s awareness of the Argentinian to red alert. Instead, Agüero was allowed to scamper on and score a route one opening goal from Claudio Bravo’s goalkick. It was a hideous lapse in concentration and application from the Germany defender, by no means the first of a type that frequently costs Arsène Wenger. Arsenal have suffered a drought of gold standard defenders since the loss of Sol Campbell and Ashley Cole as long ago as 2006. There have been quality creative players and forwards galore since then but Wenger’s blind spot for defenders and defensive organisation has been a crucial factor in his team’s multiple failures. John Brewin

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Jürgen Locadia scores on debut in Brighton stroll against Coventry

For Brighton, this win brought a quarter-final place for the first time since 1986 and the suggestion that Chris Hughton finally has the depth at his disposal to combine a tilt at the FA Cup and a successful relegation fight. For Coventry the battle remains yet more profound; Mark Robins’s League Two side were well beaten but it must be hoped that, at a minimum, such an engaging Cup run has propelled a famous, deeply troubled old name back into the national consciousness for good.

Coventry can take inspiration from their opponents’ own rise from the depths and Brighton’s modern state of health can be divined by the fact that their club record £14m signing from PSV Eindhoven did so much of the damage here. Jürgen Locadia scored on his debut and might have had more; in the event Connor Goldson and Leonardo Ulloa rounded off a satisfying, if not quite routine, afternoon.

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West Brom v Southampton, Brighton v Coventry and more – live!

3.29pm GMT

Marc Richards has equalised for Swindon against Port Vale, who are one his previous 10 clubs. A great journeyman.

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West Brom’s marking here looks to be utterly atrocious.

Smart finish, @wesleyhoedt! #saintsfc pic.twitter.com/0eeikEIp7E

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Romelu Lukaku is weighing in with some key contributions, Christian Benteke is not and Tottenham are showing how much weaker they are without Christian Eriksen

Sergio Agüero has had a curiosity of a campaign. He has been injured, benched and below par at times. He has been outscored by Raheem Sterling for much of the season. Yet his hat-trick on Saturday meant he has scored 20 goals for a fifth successive campaign. Further milestones await: Agüero is nine away from becoming the first man to score 200 for City. He is 11 behind his career-best tally of 33 and, with successive cup ties against Championship opponents, Bristol City and Cardiff, he has the chance to make further inroads before Gabriel Jesus is fit again. Besides the numbers, the encouraging element for City is that, after an autumnal slump, Agüero looks to have regained his sharpness. He produced purposeful, elusive dribbling, often a sign he is at his best. The sense is that he is relishing the responsibility of being the only available striker while Jesus is out. Richard Jolly

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Brighton v Chelsea: Premier League – live!

1.55pm GMT

66 min: And then suddenly Brighton spring into life! Gross makes a nuisance of himself under a high ball. Rudiger only half clears with his header. Schelotto bursts in from the right, chests the ball down, and suddenly he’s one on one in the area with Caballero! But the keeper spreads himself brilliantly and saves Chelsea’s bacon. I repeat: how has this game stayed 0-2?

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65 min: Moses probes down the Chelsea right but can’t make room to deliver a cross. The game’s slipped into a lull.

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Mathew Ryan: ‘English pundits tend to be critical of goalkeepers’

Brighton No 1 has matured in the two years since he conceded seven goals against Messi and co in Barcelona

Mathew Ryan smiles in a self‑deprecating way. Brighton’s goalkeeper is thinking back to the night when Barcelona pummelled Gary Neville’s ragged Valencia side and it is clear he does not have fond memories from his only visit to the Camp Nou. “Wouldn’t it hurt you if you were a goalkeeper?” he says.

Fair point. Selected by Neville for the first leg of Valencia’s Copa del Rey semi-final against the Spanish and European champions in February 2016, it was Ryan’s misfortune to take most of the punches. “I wanted to stop Messi, Suárez and Neymar,” Australia’s No 1 says. “It would have been the night of my life.” Instead, it became one of the lowest moments of his career. Valencia were 3-0 down when Shkodran Mustafi was sent off shortly before half-time, but Barcelona showed no mercy. Leo Messi got a hat-trick, Luis Suárez scored four and Neville was sacked two months after that 7‑0 humiliation.

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Roy Hodgson changes tune on Brighton winner after ‘spiteful’ outburst at referee

Despite initial suspicions Crystal Palace manager eventually accepts verdict of new video review system that striker’s goal did not involve any handball

Roy Hodgson admitted he had directed “spiteful” words at the referee, Andre Marriner, after watching the Brighton striker Glenn Murray put his Crystal Palace team out of the FA Cup with a potentially controversial late winner for 2-1. But Hodgson changed his tune entirely after being assured that Murray had not used his hand to ease the ball over the line. The assurances came via the Video Assistant Referee, which had been used for the first time in an English club match.

Related: Glenn Murray leaves it late as Brighton knock Crystal Palace out of FA Cup

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Brighton v Bournemouth: Premier League – live!

12.29pm GMT

The teams trot out on to the pitch. Brighton are in their blue and white stripes while Bournemouth are wearing their black and Day-Glo-style green away strip. It’s time for football!

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There should be a statue for Eddie Howe,” reckons Graeme Souness. “People in Spain and Italy now know where Bournemouth is. It’s where I live,” he says. “I’m a season-ticket holder at Bournemouth.” He actually lives in Sandbanks, which is like a low-rent shrunken Florida Keys but, yes, it is close to Bournemouth.

Anyway, here’s what the Bournemouth manager, Eddie Howe, has to say: “The momentum we’ve built from the last two games is there in the dressing room. The temptation was there to keep the team [the same as against Everton] but all four changes were enforced. I think we’ve played very well in certain games but we’ve not been consistent and it’s been good to see the creation of chances back in the team. The fact we scored a late goal against Everton, a late goal against West Ham, will give the players momentum.”

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