Brighton claim first ever win at Arsenal, Jim Gavin did what’s best for Dublin
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Freddie Ljungberg looks on during Arsenal’s defeat to Brighton at the Emirates. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA
It was another miserable night for Arsenal in the Premier League last night, as they fell to their first ever home defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion - the Seagulls winning 2-1 at the Emirates. The size of the task facing temporary manager Freddie Ljungberg was laid bare as yet more poor defending allowed Adam Webster to open the scoring for the visitors in the first half, before Alexandre Lacazette equalised on 50 minutes. However a Gunners comeback never materialised, and Neal Maupay leaped ahead of David Luiz in the 80th minute to give Graham Potter’s side a famous victory and darken the mood in north London. In the night’s other top flight fixture, Newcastle’s revival under Steve Bruce continued as they beat Sheffield United 2-0 at Bramall Lane thanks to goals from Allan Saint-Maximin and Jonjo Shelvey. Elsewhere Everton are on the hunt for a new manager after they confirmed the sacking of Marco Silva last night, with the Toffees currently languishing in the relegation zone. David Moyes - who since leaving Everton has endured unsuccessful spells at Manchester United, Real Sociedad, Sunderland and West Ham - is reportedly set to return to Goodison Park.
Jim Gavin has been named the Signify Sports Manager of the Year for 2019, after he guided Dublin to a historic and unprecedented fifth All-Ireland senior football title on the bounce with September’s final replay win over Kerry. Gavin announced his decision to step down after seven golden years in charge of the Dubs last Saturday, ending a tenure which produced a staggering six All-Ireland titles. And speaking yesterday for the first time since his departure, the 48-year-old insisted he had no regrets over his decision: “I reflect on it very objectively every year. There are a whole number of factors, my family, my work, Dublin GAA, and the conclusion I came to is what’s best for Dublin GAA, and more importantly what’s best for the players, is to hand it over and create that environment for them to grow once more.” And while he wouldn’t be moved on who is in line to try and fill his considerable shoes, he suggested the chances of him taking over another inter-county side are slim: “I’m just reflecting on the moment and I don’t see that happening.”