A scrappy win at Brighton but great for Arsenal’s confidence

After surprising everyone by beating Chelsea at the weekend, we just needed to see Arsenal grind out a result at Brighton to cement our new positive attitude.

It wasn’t pretty and we looked very disjointed in the first half, but luckily Arteta replaced the tiring Gabriel Martinelli with Alexandre Lacazette in the 65th minute, and the Frenchman scored the only goal of the game 21 seconds after coming on the pitch.

It was never going to be easy on a cold, wet Tuesday at Brighton, and the Seagulls were just as keen to get something out of the game, but we at last overcame the Brighton hoodoo and ended with 3 points more than last year.

It was a bit flat at half-time, but once Arteta changed things around a little after the break we were much improved. Arteta told Arsenal.com: “We had two issues in the first half. First of all, the balls that we gave away were simple balls in our own half when we were open and under no real pressure. That’s where they generated one or two half-chances.

“The second one was the way we attacked against that block. We weren’t efficient enough, we didn’t have purpose and we didn’t have the right intentions with the players around the ball, the movement and situations we wanted to create. We talked about it and straight away we were much better.”

The lads certainly did enough for me, and hopefully we can look forward to a bright 2021. starting with Big Sam’s West Brom on Saturday night.

The boss was also asked if these two wins on the trot will change the atmosphere in the dressing room, and he continued: “Absolutely, especially in this Christmas period as well. We know how much we needed the wins. We had a really tough week and it wasn’t that much about our performances, it was about our results, but you need the results to establish that confidence, and now with two wins, I think everyone is in a much better mood.

“We have managed through this period to maintain our team spirit and cohesion, and sometimes that isn’t easy to do because obviously the frustration that comes out with defeat is normally an effect on the team, so hopefully now we can go on a run of games and be even more positive.”

Surely we will be very positive about our next game on Saturday night, with the Baggies getting hammered by Leeds yesterday. Can we make it three in a row??

5 Comments

  1. SueP says:

    I don’t want to jinx the team by a show of positivity after the two wins 😬😬.

    The half time chat clearly made a difference so they must have listened to what Arteta wanted from them.

  2. siamois says:

    Don’t get me wrong I’m delighted with the win but we got away with it against Brighton in the first half they had 8 shots while we had to wait for the 2nd half for our first, against better opposition the game could have been over by then.

    1. Goonster says:

      You are very correct. Lets not get too carried away but at the same time let’s enjoy our win.. Been such a long time since we felt like this.

      Let’s just enjoy this moment for now.
      😊

  3. gunnerforlife says:

    Martinellli was clearly tiring and that was my worry. MA should not overplay him as he is just returning from injury. Our display in the second half was great and beating Brighton at their home ground is really a good result considering the fact we have not beaten them in the recent past and they are really tough at home.

  4. Grandad says:

    I share your concerns regarding Martinelli GFL , and I suspect Arteta will rest him and 2/3 others against WBA.Tierney , Saka and Elneny in particular should be given the day off and I would use AMN in midfield with Xhaka and ESR who could just turn out to be another Grealish.I know I am being optimistic but he is taking to the EPL like a duck to water and seems to have the self confidence which is lacking in Willock for eaxample.

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