Arsene Wenger took his out-of sorts side to the Amex Stadium hoping to ease some of the pressure on his shoulders, but further criticism has rained down on a team low on confidence and stuck firmly in a rut.
Arsenal fared little better against the Premier League leaders in an immediate rematch at Emirates Stadium, with Wenger facing a barrage of abuse in the wake of two disjointed displays.
It has been suggested that his days could be numbered after 22 years at the Gunners helm.
Inspiring a positive response against Brighton would have helped to quieten some of his detractors, but Arsenal made the worst possible start against the Seagulls.
Lewis Dunk broke the deadlock inside seven minutes, with more shambolic defending from Wenger’s side leaving them helplessly exposed.
Petr Cech was having another nightmare between the sticks, and he allowed an effort from Glenn Murray to slip under his body in the 26th minute.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was able to pull one goal back before the break, before Arsenal struck the woodwork in pursuit of a leveller, but for many the damage had already been done.
Every arsenal fans on twitter laughing when the club went down 1 - 0. This club is a joke. #WengerOUT— Berita Arsenal (@BeritaArsenal) March 4, 2018
Confidence through the floor.— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) March 4, 2018
Worst arsenal TEAM I have seen in my time.
Talent alone has never been enough.
If it gets Wenger sacked, keep doing it.— Goonerette TV - GTV (@HONESTAFC) March 4, 2018
Announce he's leaving @arsenal let the rest of the season be a celebration of what Wenger did, don't let him be destroyed more and slink off in the summer. If you respect him as much as you claim, you will stop this now.— Daily Cannon (@DailyCannon) March 4, 2018
Well the answer whether Arsenal are better without Alexis has been answered comprehensively. They’re absolutely atrocious.— Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786) March 4, 2018
Brighton are cutting through Arsenal like a hot knife through an absolutey appalling football team.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 4, 2018
Jokes aside, what is this? We are Arsenal Football Club, is this really acceptable in the club like this? Ruinning club’s name.— Lacazettes (@Lacazettes) March 4, 2018
Arsenal's defending is pic.twitter.com/Rr5T3onq9D— Desi Gooner (@Sahil_Adhikaari) March 4, 2018
Cech couldn’t save a word document— FIFA SBCs (@FUT18SBCs) March 4, 2018