Lewis Dunk has ‘revealed’ that part of Brighton’s plan to beat Arsenal was to turn the crowd against the home team, tactics that will surely shake the footballing world.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Mathew Ryan and Lewis Dunk of Brighton and Hove Albion celebrate the win during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on December 5, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 05: Mathew Ryan and Lewis Dunk of Brighton and Hove Albion celebrate the win during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on December 5, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Yes, that’s right, Brighton’s masterplan to beat Arsenal, who are in their worst run of form since the 1970s, was to follow the same script delivered by every away manager ahead of every away fixture since the game started gathering up supporters

Genius.

Any home side being put under pressure by a lesser team is going to feel pressure from the home fans, it’s part of every single away team’s strategy yet, somehow, this is a ‘tactic’ worth ‘revealing’.

Speaking after the match Dunk, that unsung Nostradamus, said, “I think if we put them under pressure, and got into them early like we did, I think it was going to be tough for them,” he said, demonstrating nothing other than the fact has no idea how to use past tense in a sentence.

“They are going through a tough time, and if we got on top of them, the crowd would go against them and we managed that.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Freddie Ljungberg caretaker Arsenal coach during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on December 5, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 05: Freddie Ljungberg caretaker Arsenal coach during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on December 5, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

“Obviously you want to start a game well and get on top of any team but obviously they are going through a tough time so we knew it was going to be really important to do that here.

“So the crowd turned on them a bit, especially at half-time when they were booing them so it was a nice win.”

Reading that hurts my brain, and I’m no grammar-laureate as you’ll all have noticed.

Anyway, if you can’t turn this Arsenal crowd against this Arsenal team at this moment in time, then you should probably think about taking up another sport.

All that being said, I’m not sure if football will be able to cope with Dunk’s revelation.

The game may never be the same again…

If you can cope with them, our Arsenal player ratings vs Brighton are here. They’re pretty brutal.

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