Sky Sports apologise as Arsenal vs Brighton commentary disappears mid-match

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Sky Sports viewers were left puzzled by a lack of match commentary during Arsenal’s clash with Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Saturday. Rob Hawthorne and Alan Smith were temporarily muted during the early stages of the first half, with Sky issuing an on-screen apology for the technical glitch.

A message came across the screen which read: “We apologise for the loss of commentary.”

Cameras continued to relay the match at the Amex Stadium but in the absence of Hawthorne and Smith, who were left unable to describe the action.

The pair returned after a few minutes, with the former apologising for the blip before Smith joked: “I hope we still get paid the same, Rob!”

Sky’s coverage of the game went on as normal, with Arsenal looking to register a fourth successive Premier League win at the expense of Brighton.

Mikel Arteta decided to keep Aaron Ramsdale in goal for the trip to East Sussex in spite of Bernd Leno’s revelations in midweek.

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The 29-year-old told German media that he is yet to be informed of the reason why he has been dropped, suggesting that the decision is nothing to do with his on-pitch performances.

Arteta has since insisted that talks were held with Leno before Ramsdale made his Premier League debut for Arsenal against Norwich City last month.

“I had a very clear conversation with him (Leno) 48 hours before I was going to make the decision,” said the Spaniard.

“Obviously any conversation I have with him is completely private and I’m not going to speak with any media about it.”

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