Brighton bogey busted

Brighton won the last two against Arsenal 2-1, the last of which was ill tempered, which did for Matteo Guendouzi’s Gunner’s career.

Brighton look good and play well – but don’t score that many and are draw specialists. They hadn’t lost against Arsenal in five games.

Aubameyang was back to captain the side, in for Lacazette with a 4-2-3-1.

Brighton made six changes including Berdardo, Jahanbakhsh, Mac Allister, Gross, Veltman and Propper – 3-4-3 and a 5 without the ball.

Arsenal played with the brake on in the first half – only partly due to Brighton closing down. But in the second they came out with the handbrake off, with the young trio – Saka, Smith Rowe and Martinelli far more adventurous, breaking the lines and bringing Aubameyang into the game. And they earned the coup de grace, when sub Lacazette scored the winner with 20 seconds of coming on.

Arsenal’s first shot of the game – from Aubameyang was a deflection into Sanchez.

Holding gave the ball away more than once trying to play out from the back. And then Elneny repeated the trick.

Bernado crossed and Jahanbakhsh fired over.

Tierney attacked with verve and beat Veltman with Dunk hitting it out.

Brighton had two corners where Burn towered head and shoulders over marker Bellerin but it didn’t reach him.

Elneny gave the ball away from a clear-out a second time and Jahanbakhsh shot over.

Brighton wrestled superiority after half-way through the poor quality first half with a couple of chances but with only one shot on target all half.

Bellerin crossed. And Saka failed to beat the first man for a second time from the corner.

Aubameyang could have applied for a government loneliness grant such was his isolation in the first half.

At the start of the second, Bellerin beat MacAllister, heading for goal on a one-on-one for speed in a recovery tackle  And panic set in from the corner with a VAR analysis for a potential penalty involving Holding.

But Arsenal were getting chances with more risk taking and Saka set up Aubameyang in front of goal but he fired straight at Sanchez, flicking off the Spaniard’s knee.

Smith Rowe wriggled free and set up Martinelli in the Brighton area, who went high – and over.

The Croydon man then set up Aubameyang who drove on and failed to get any curl on the shot which went wide.

Lacazette came on for Martinelli on 65. Saka went on a long run evading the long striding Burn and set up Lacazette who held back, made space and bent it into the net. He goes on streaks of goal-scoring- finding the net in the last three; as he did in the first three  games of the season.

Aubmayang linked up with Tierney with the Scotsman running into the area and crossing – cleared by Dunk.

Bernado trod on Saka’s foot at a corner, resulting in a long delay. Ceballos came on to replace him. And Arsenal managed the game for a second win, in three days.

Alex Lacazette said: “I’m happy. When you come off the bench, you need to help the team. I was lucky with the first touch. It was a good pass from Bukayo. He shows his quality and is working hard for the team.

“The young players make me feel old. They want to improve. The Chelsea win gives us a lot of confidence.”

Brighton forward Jahanbakhsh said: “They leave a lot of space behind the back line. We had a lot of chances in the first half.”

Brighton boss, Graham Potter said: “It was an even game. A little moment of quality has undone us. To fall short was disappointing. Though we limited the opposition quite well.”

Mikel Arteta said: “As we’ve been struggling with results, it is massively important. We played with a convincing way in the second half. You always hope. Laca is playing with confidence now.

“In the second half we changed the actions and the spaces we were attacking. We were re-energised and played more forward.

“It [the bad results] has been a big challenge. The young players are helping. But the senior players are as well.”

On 2020 he said: “I’m enjoying and suffering, but have a great team around me. The youngsters need the senior players around them. They are helping them all the time”

Brighton: Sánchez, Veltman, Webster, Dunk, Burn, Pröpper (March 65), Bissouma, Groß, Bernardo, Jahanbakhsh (Trossard 74), Mac Allister

Arsenal: Leno, Bellerín, Holding, Marí, Tierney, Elneny, Xhaka, Saka (Ceballos 79), Smith Rowe (Maitland Niles 89), Martinelli (Lacazette 65), Aubameyang