Arsenal on the rise

Full-time result

Brighton

0

1

Arsenal

Lacazette A. (66′)

MATCH STATS

Ball Possession: 50% – 50%
Goal Attempts: 13 – 11
Shots on Goal: 2 – 3
Shots off Goal: 5 – 6
Blocked Shots: 6 – 2
Free Kicks: 4 – 11
Corner Kicks: 5 – 4
Offsides: 0 – 0
Goalkeeper Saves: 2 – 2
Fouls: 11 – 4
Red Cards: 0 – 0
Yellow Cards: 2 – 0
Total Passes: 491 – 511
Tackles: 17 – 10
Attacks: 116 – 108
Dangerous Attacks: 58 – 34

It all looks to be falling in pleasant places for the Gunners as they finally get their second win in a row in the EPL after a difficult first half. Mikel Arteta’s men seem to have found their improved confidence since their 3-1 boxing day victory over London rivals Chelsea. This time, they got the victory on the road against Brighton and they would be hoping to keep their morale high going into the new year.

Only Alexandre Lacazette was dropped from the starting Line up that defeated Chelsea on boxing day, with Skipper, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang being recalled to the starting Line up. The first half was pretty good but no team was able to carve out a clear-cut chance with Brighton getting more shots at goal. It was in the second half that the game opened up.

Brighton had a penalty appeal turned down by VAR while Arsenal saw 2 chances go begging, with Aubameyang and Martinelli coming close to scoring. The deadline was finally broken in the 66th minute when substitute, Lacazette, who was on for barely 30 seconds in place of Martinelli, found the bottom of the net with a brilliant finish from inside the 18-yard box. The Gunners then held on for a full-time victory to move away from the relegation zone and into 13th place on the EPL table.

The Gunners will be hoping that their newfound form will go with them into the new year.

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on whether this result will give us more confidence…

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.

~ Mikel Arteta

WHAT IS NEXT?

Our first fixture of 2021 is at The Hawthorns on Saturday where we’ll face West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League. After that, we kick off our defence of the Emirates FA Cup – at home to Newcastle United on January 9.

COYG!!!

Match Review by Patrick Alexander