"It's a bad period but we need everyone who likes this club - players, fans and staff - to be together and to fight to be as high as we can".
The 2-1 loss on the south coast was Arsenal's eighth defeat in 14 games in all competitions since the turn of the year and they are now 13 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. Although his current contract with the club expires at the end of next season in 2019, many fans [VIDEO] and former players want to see the legendary coach depart the club in May of this year.
It was the first time the Gunners had lost four consecutive matches since October 2002 in a run that saw them beaten by Everton, Auxerre, Blackburn and Borussia Dortmund.
Nearly at the stroke, he rolled into a follow up sentence with the confession: "I've never lost this many games on the trot".
Veteran French boss Wenger has been in charge at Arsenal since 1996 and it remains to be seen whether US-based owner Stan Kroenke has the stomach to sack a manager who has never given the slightest hint he will resign.
First-half goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray put south coast club Brighton in command and, although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled one back before the break, that was as good as it got for the Gunners.
Further individual errors would cost Arsenal later in the half as Laurent Koscielny's pass out of defence was misplaced and the Seagulls broke forward, with Gross crossing in for Murray to head home unmarked for his sixth goal in as many games, with Cech at fault once again.
It's been 11 games since Arsenal last kept a clean sheet in the league.
"Even he, in the short time he's been at Arsenal, has been affected by the mood".
"It is very hard, almost impossible now, we are too far behind", Wenger said.
Brought in to inspire Arsenal to challenge for a top-four spot in the Premier League, Henrik Mkhitaryan has failed to ease the pressure on under-fire manager Arsene Wenger since his arrival. I believe a quality of a manager is to try to shorten a crisis. Tough objective judgement as well.
A trip to the Amex Stadium presented Arsenal with an opportunity to offer a positive response to those quick to criticise them on the back of successive defeats to Manchester City. When you have just the pants on it's easy to take them pants off as well.
Arsenal's next big test is against AC Milan in a clash of the old European heavyweights, in the UEFA Europa League.