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Arsenal 2-0 Brighton Hove & Albion: Gunners ease past slow Seagulls

Arsenal secured a comfortable 2-0 victory against Brighton at the Emirates Stadium, with goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kai Havertz.

Despite their dominance in the first half, Arsenal couldn’t find the breakthrough and went into halftime without scoring. However, Jesus quickly changed the situation by giving the Gunners the lead shortly after the break. Arsenal maintained control of the game and sealed their victory with Havertz’s late goal.

With this win, Arsenal find themselves in a favorable position in the title race, moving them ahead of Liverpool in the standings ahead of Liverpool’s match against Manchester United.

Knowing that a victory would give them a five-point lead over Manchester City, who had dropped points against Crystal Palace, Arsenal entered the game with high stakes. They started strongly, with Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard coming close to scoring within the first 15 minutes. However, Brighton also demonstrated their quality in possession.

Arsenal vs Brighton: Havertz keeps his streak of goals coming

As the first half progressed, Arsenal continued to probe for an opening but couldn’t test Bart Verbruggen in Brighton’s goal. One of their best chances came when Odegaard played a superb outside-of-the-foot pass to set up Saka, but Gabriel Martinelli failed to keep his shot on target from Saka’s cutback.

Martinelli also had an effort saved by Verbruggen from a difficult angle after an impressive Arsenal move. Despite enjoying plenty of possession and creating promising opportunities, Mikel Arteta’s team couldn’t find a breakthrough before halftime.

Having failed to register a single shot in the first half, Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi needed his team to improve after the break. However, Arsenal continued to dominate the game. In fact, it took them only eight minutes in the second half to take the lead. Jan Paul van Hecke flicked Saka’s corner to the far post, and Gabriel Jesus headed the ball into an empty net.

Young substitute Jack Hinshelwood had Brighton’s first attempt on goal, but his header lacked power to trouble David Raya. Saka then hit the side netting in a subsequent attack.

Arsenal came close to scoring a second goal from a corner, but Lewis Dunk cleared off the line in the 68th minute. Verbruggen was then forced to make a save from a close-range Odegaard shot just five minutes later. Pascal Gross almost punished Arsenal’s wastefulness late in the game, but he somehow missed the target from Kaoru Mitoma’s cross.

However, it was Kai Havertz who sealed the victory for Arsenal with three minutes remaining. The German calmly slotted the ball beyond Verbruggen, earning the Gunners a well-deserved three points at the Emirates Stadium.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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