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 By Chris Wright

Under-pressure Arsene Wenger offers bizarre 'trouser' analogy

Paul Mariner and Shaka Hislop can't remember seeing an Arsenal team play as poorly as the Gunners have this season.

As you're no doubt aware, Arsenal succumbed to an embarrassing 2-1 loss against Brighton on Sunday -- their sixth defeat in eight matches.

The result saw pressure continue to mount on Arsene Wenger, who cut a forlorn figure on the sidelines as he watched his frail team slide even further from the top four.

The Frenchman offered a variety of excuses after the final whistle at the AMEX, blaming the Carabao Cup final and a hectic schedule thereafter for sapping his players of their energy.

He also attempted to explain the Gunners' dire situation with a philosophical metaphor, though -- perhaps fittingly -- it ended as something of a confusing misfire.

"When you have just the trousers on it's easy to take them trousers off as well," said Wenger at his postmatch news conference.

"When you're completely naked you have to find a shirt and try to put it on again and then you're dressed normally again."

Riiiiight. So Arsenal just need a good pair of trousers to salvage their season?

If anybody out there has the slightest clue what Wenger is getting at, please feel free to clue us in.

Chris covers the funny side of the game for ESPN FC in the Toe Poke blog.

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