Arsenal beat Brighton 4-2 in an interesting match at the Amex Stadium on Saturday night.
The win meant the Gunners headed into the new year at the top of the table with a seven-point lead over reigning champions Manchester City, which were held by Everton at home earlier in the evening.
Arsenal to early lead
Bukayo Saka put the Gunners ahead in the second minute after controlling the ball in the penalty box with a deft touch and then finishing coolly.
Arsenal could have led 3-0 in the first seven minutes had Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez failed to hold off Oleksandr Zinchenko and Eddie Nketiah had shot from just 12 yards out. was.
Brighton eventually held possession and settled in the game, but barely tested Aaron Ramsdale in their opponents’ goals.
Martin Odegaard made 39 to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.th Despite a missed kick following the corner, the ball hit the ground, bounced off everyone in the penalty box and hit the back of the net.
Two minutes after the restart, Nketiah made it 3-0. Thomas Partey spotted Gabriel Martinelli pushing a low cross into his penalty box on the left.
The ball brushed off Sanchez, who was unable to hold on, and Nketiah reacted the fastest, thrusting the ball into the empty net.
However, Brighton moved forward in the game and were rewarded with a goal of their own at 65th Kaoru Mitsuma was set up by Pascal Grosz before curling with a superb right foot past Ramsdale, following a great interaction for the home side.
Six minutes later, however, the Brazilian was lucky when Audegaard put Martinelli on goal with a surprising through ball and the Brazilian shot straight through Sánchez into an empty Brighton net, allowing him to win from the hosts. Hopes of a comeback were quickly quelled. .
Teenager Evan Ferguson scored the home side’s first league goal to take half the deficit, setting up a nervous final ten minutes for Mikle Arteta’s men.Mitoma scores again with 89th However, VAR chalked it up after a replay showed the winger heel was offside in the build-up to goal.
Arsenal held on for six minutes of stoppage time before another impressive win, with London topping the table with 43 points from 16 games.
The Gunners host third-placed Newcastle next Tuesday night, while Brighton travel to Merseyside to face Everton on the same night.
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