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Arsenal 1 Brighton 3: Hosts crash out of Carabao Cup after goalkeeper howler as Danny Welbeck returns to haunt Gunners

KARL HEIN will never forget his Arsenal debut – for all the wrong reasons.

The Estonian keeper’s first half blunder allowed Brighton to equalise and then go on to take the wind out of Mikel Arteta’s high-flying side with a stunning comeback victory.

Arsenal are out of the Carabao Cup after a 3-1 defeat at home to Brighton
Danny Welbeck returned to haunt his old side as the Seagulls mounted a valiant fightback

Hein, 20, was a shock inclusion in the starting line-up for the Premier League leaders as they looked to build on a three game winning streak in the Carabao Cup.

And the Emirates Stadium was bouncing when Eddie Nketiah fired Arsenal ahead in the 20th minute with a classy right foot finish from just inside the box.

A powerful run by Reiss Nelson split the Albion defence before a perfectly-weighted lay off fell for the striker to bend a shot past Jason Steele.

But the lead was short-lived and Hein was lucky to stay on the pitch after his unlucky slip as he raced off his line to meet Danny Welbeck’s run towards his goal.

Arsenal got off to a flyer when Eddie Nketiah hit a great finish after 20 minutes
The Gunners looked well on their way to storming to victory

Hein stumbled and in his recovery tugged the Brighton striker to the floor.

Welbeck turned in the penalty to equalise and from then on it was all revitalised Brighton as they rocked Arsenal with two second half goals to secure a thrilling win.

Hein was squarely beaten as Albion sub and Japan winger Kaoru Mitoma bent a shot beyond him on 58 minutes to claim his second goal in as many matches.

And full back Tariq Lamptey sealed a memorable night for The Seagulls with number three 19 minutes from time – his first goal for more than two years.

Things changed minutes later when Karl Hein fouled Danny Welbeck for a penalty
Ex-Gunner Welbeck put Brighton back on level terms from the spot


Kaoru Mitoma fired Brighton ahead in the 58th minute
The ace celebrated by leaping into the crowd

The deflating defeat is Arsenal’s first at home since April which was ironically a Premier League reverse against Brighton. 

Arteta’s rejuvenated Arsenal had won 12 games on their own turf in a row prior to last night’s surprise setback.

Eager to maintain impressive runs of form, both bosses named relatively strong sides but with a hint of experimental flavour.

Arteta had keeper Turner on his bench even though the USA’s number one was named in his country’s squad for the World Cup prior to kick off, was not starting.

Tariq Lamptey made sure of the result with a 71st minute strike
Brighton held out to see off Arsenal for the win

Turner has been injured recently suggesting he is not quite there yet in terms of fitness with the Group B game against England just 15 days’ away now.

Arsenal hit the post in the second half through Nketiah but Arteta had hoped to give some of his bigger stars a night off ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash at Wolves – their last game before the World Cup.

But with the tie slipping away from him he was forced to bring on striker Gabriel Jesus in a bid to break down Brighton and stay in a competition that is much-criticised from the outside but which is hugely popular with fans.

Arsenal will now be able to fully focus on their title challenge and European hopes
Mikel Arteta cut a quiet figure on the sideline

With the 60,000 capacity Emirates Stadium rapidly emptying, Nelson managed a shot with three minutes left only for it to drift harmlessly wide.

Brighton manager Robert De Zerbi is now toasting a hat-trick of wins which now includes the current best team in the country and Champions League contenders Chelsea.

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