Review of Arsenal’s efficient win over Brighton – Back on top of the pile again

Arsenal vs Brighton in depth review

Mikel Arteta and his Arsenal squad welcomed Brighton to The Emirates on Sunday night in what turned out to be a great performance from Arsenal and the perfect way to bounce bak after last weeks defeat to Aston Villa. Arsenal dominated most of the game and were unlucky to come away only 2-0 winners after having plenty of chances throughout the match, ultimately that won’t matter too much though as we now sit back top of the table after Liverpool drew with United last night and were back in the driving seat, here’s a run down of the win against Brighton.

In the first half the ball was very much in Arsenal possession a lot of the time, creating chance after chance and the ball continued to hug the right wing as Bukayo Saka looked electric and looked to be the most likely avenue in which Arsenal could score. Odegaard had a few opportunities but narrowly missed them and we went into the tunnel at half time, very much in control but weren’t able to capitalise on the chances that were created.

The second half started a lot like the first and Arsenal were in full control, dominating play and playing a very high tempo, high press system that Brighton looked like they could hardly handle. In the 53rd minutes Arsenal finally got the break they deserved and after a shot from Odegaard was saved and sent out for a corner, Saka stepped up a whipped a ball right into the middle of the box, first deflecting off a Brighton players head and landing perfectly on the head of Gabriel Jesus who simply headed the ball into the back of the net, beating the Brighton keeper and putting Arsenal 1-0 up.

The game continued being high tempo and Arsenal were searching for another goal, again creating plenty of chances but didn’t look clinical enough to finish them. Di Zerbi looked to his bench and made a few changes to try to help his team get back into the game but only shortly after Arsenal managed to bag another goal to seal the deal for the Gunners.

After some lovely footwork from Odegaard in his own half he passed the ball to Nketiah who spotted the run of the open Kai Havertz and passed the ball perfectly through to him, Havertz dropped his shoulder, took a quick look up and fired the ball along the ground, beating the Brighton keeper and finding the bottom right hand corner of the net to seal the deal for Arsenal and add another goal to the every growing Kai Havertz goals this season.

We probably should have won by more but, the performance was good and at the end of the day, we got the three points and now currently sit back on top of the table. A good game from everyone but still a lot to work on if we want to win the league.

What’s your thoughts Gooners?

Daisy Mae

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  1. a high quality performance, in every position, probably the closest to the free flowing football in the PL this season

    our xG was 2.26, so 2 goals is only slight under performance and actually the expected goal return, 3 or more would have been a much bigger over performance

    Odegaard missed a few that he has taken converted previously, hopefully takes it when comes his way against Liverpool

    Havertz is now looking like an inspired signing, the timing of his goal contribution as important as the quantity – the winner vs Brentford, equaliser vs Luton, opener vs Lens, sealed the win against Brighton – and while his Villa equaliser was harshly chalked off you can see he was in the right place at the right time and got it in the net

    i don’t see Edu spending big in January, and not on a striker, more likely Defensive Midfield (Elneny, Jorginho, Partey are all leaving so makes sense to start the re-build in January) and the then Rice at Centre Back experiment gave us a clue as to where Arteta sees us vulnerable too

  2. Havertz didn’t shoot along the ground…it actually went under the keeps armpit. I am saying that not to criticise but to highlight the change in Havertzs fortunes. Beginning of the season that would have hit the keeprs arm !

  3. This is classic Arteta ball, Arsenal is ahead of schedule playing like we are in phase five already.

    The Seagulls are a tough cookie, Brighton don’t do low block but they create tons of chances, that I expected them to create against us.
    But what we saw on Sunday is Arteta ball taking root, a master class performance very much in control and snuffing out the opponent

    No doubt even the harshest critics will take note, maybe wondering what phase we are really in, when you think about who this Brighton team is, what they have done not just this season but last season too under the one and only Robert De Zerbi, This is phenomenal work from these Arsenal players.
    If Arsenal can do this to a free scoring Brighton, we can do this to anyone, this leads me to think we could well have hell and powder house at Anfield come weekend.

  4. For us Arsenal to continuing with our sitting on top of the pile in the English Premier League, after our last Sunday’s Epl home match win over Brighton & HA.
    The Gunners MUST beat the Reds at their Anfield Stadium backyard for that to happen.
    Therefore, I implore Mike Arteta and his Gunners team squad to start planning how they’ll will achieve a win against the Reds in the Epl big game match next Sunday. And achieve total success in the match unfailingly.
    Irrespective of the telling Liverpool partisan home support and the Jurgen Klopp’s gengenpressing football playing Philosophy. Which the Reds wkl surely employed to the letter in their game against the Gunners in the match.
    But notwithstanding, the Gunners MUST find a way in their game in the match to navigate through successfully through the Reds’ kind of gengenpressing footballl playing. And beat them totally to it in the match with their own kind of devastating attacking football that can be telling on their having a good day in a match.
    Let Arteta and the Gunners considerably improved on their average clinical finish in front of goal to a much high clinical finish level in front of goal to thereby eschew profigacy or goals scoring opportunities wastefullness in front of goal. Before. they go to Anfield to play the match.
    Arsenal had 29 shots to goal in their last home Epl Brighton match and scored twice in the match. As against Liverpool’s 30 shots to goal in their last Epl home match against Man Utd. But without scoring any goal in the match.
    Therefore, I can foresee the Anfield match encounter result will endup Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal at full-time.

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