Ebene News – GB – Brighton 0-1 Arsenal: Alexandre Lacazette’s instant impact gives the Gunners victory

Soccer

Brighton and Hove Albion
against Arsenal Premier League

6:00 p.m., Tuesday December 29, 2020

Amex Stadium

Free reporting and highlights as Alexandre Lacazette’s goal gives Arsenal a relentless 1-0 win over Brighton; the forward scored just 21 seconds after coming off the bench in the second half; Arsenal climb to 13th as Brighton draw closer to danger

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Alexandre Lacazette scored 21 seconds after coming off the bench to give Arsenal a hard-fought 1-0 win over Brighton

The striker recovered Bukayo Saka’s cut-back with his first touch after replacing Gabriel Martinelli in the 66th minute at Amex stadium before recovering and shooting a clinical finish in the bottom corner

The goal secured Arsenal a second straight win after their 3-1 win over Chelsea on Boxing Day, giving them back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since their first two games of the season

But they were put to work by Brighton, who dominated the first half and would have entered the break ahead had it not been for the wasted finish of Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Alexis Mac Allister

Arsenal looked transformed in the second half, however, closing in on scoring numerous times before Lacazette broke the deadlock, his goal dropping the Gunners from 15th to 13th in the table and pushing Brighton closer to the relegation zone

Mikel Arteta stayed with the young players who impressed against Chelsea as Martinelli, Saka and Emile Smith Rowe kept their places in the camp, the only change seeing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replace Lacazette after his return from a calf

Arsenal started the game confident enough, but despite all of their improvements against Chelsea, there was a familiar lack of offensive push in the first half with Aubameyang making an isolated number

Arsenal: Leno (7), Bellerin (7), Holding (7), Mari (7), Tierney (7), Elneny (6), Xhaka (7), Smith Rowe (7), Martinelli (6) , Saka (8), Aubameyang (6)
Submarines: Lacazette (7), Ceballos (6), Maitland-Niles (6)
Chelsea: Sanchez (7), Veltman (6), Webster (7), Dunk (6), Burn (6), Bernardo (6), Bissouma (8), Gross (6), Propper (6), Mac Allister ( 6), Jahanbakhsh (6)
Subscribers: Maupay (6), mars (6), Trossard (6)
Man of the match: Bukayo Saka

Brighton had one day less to recover for the game after their 2-2 draw with West Ham on Sunday, forcing Graham Potter to make six changes to his squad, but they looked the most dangerous before the break despite their turnaround fast

Their best chances fell on Jahanbakhsh and Mac Allister, who both fired when they should have hit the target after Mohamed Elneny lost possession near his own area twice

Bernd Leno then refused Jahanbakhsh when he pulled a weak effort towards goal from a diagonal angle, and at half time came with Brighton after having eight shots against Arsenal – a free kick from Granit Xhaka who sailed safely

The Gunners were fortunate enough not to be punished for their poor performance in this half, but Arteta’s team speech had an immediate impact as they created a wave of chances after the pause

The first saw Aubameyang meet a cross from the exceptional Saka with a first effort at six meters which was cleverly saved by Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez

Martinelli was next to come in close, shooting narrowly over the bar following excellent skill from Smith Rowe, and soon after, Aubameyang fended off another chance when he curled up a wide shot from another pass from Smith Rowe

Saka’s help was superb as the youngster turned away from Dan Burn before choosing his anonymous teammate, who had the time and space to send his finish as he found the net for the third game in a row

Brighton tried to rally in the finals, but they were never close to testing Leno, with Joel Veltman exploding up and down from their best opening seven minutes to go

For Arsenal it wasn’t a smooth win like the one against Chelsea, but it was important nonetheless as they were attempting to turn a corner after their dismal start to the season

The only drag of their night was an apparent injury to Saka, who was replaced by Dani Ceballos in the 81st minute

As Arsenal look up again, Brighton remains in a perilous position, just two points above the relegation zone with just one win in their last 14 Premier League games

The sight of Bukayo Saka receiving treatment for an injury in the final stages of the match will have made Arsenal fans uncomfortable in their seats The 19-year-old is quickly becoming his most influential player

He followed his man of the match performance against Chelsea with another brimming with quality performance at Amex Stadium

The youngster’s help for the Lacazette winner was exceptional, but it was just one of many examples of him running fearlessly in Brighton defense He created more chances than anyone on pitch from Arsenal’s right flank, Brighton often finding fouling him the only way to stop him

Mikel Arteta is hoping he avoids serious injury, as no player has been more important in Arsenal’s mini-resurgence in recent times

Graham Potter from Brighton: “In terms of odds, I thought it was pretty consistent We had good ones in the first half, they had better ones in the second half

“A little bit of quality defeated us but I thought it was a fairly consistent game In terms of performance we were OK

“If you don’t score and they do, that’s how it is, I thought it was a fairly consistent game, there weren’t too many chances for them or us Our pace of work was really very good

Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta: “The fact that we won against Chelsea was a big boost and coming here three days later and getting another win for us is extremely important I am proud of the boys and happy with the result

“When you lose the number of games we’ve played recently, keeping up a good mood is a tall order But we managed to do that

“The best medicine is to win The picture is much better at the moment We just need to have that consistency against West Brom now and try to win again”

Arsenal continue their Premier League campaign at West Brom on Saturday January 2, with a kick off at 8 p.m. Brighton hosts Wolves on the same day, live on Sky Sports Premier League HD from 5 p.m., with the kickoff dispatch at 5.30 p.m.

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