Ebene News – GB – ‘It’s a different world for Arsenal’

Arsenal are now in a’ different world ‘, according to coach Mikel Arteta, having recorded back-to-back league wins for the first time since September beating Brighton

Before Christmas, match-of-the-day specialist Alan Shearer was among those wondering if the Gunners had what it takes to hold onto their place in the top flight they’ve held since 1919

The loss to Everton on December 19 left them just four points above the relegation zone after 14 games – their worst start to the season since 1974-75

But fortunes have changed with a surprise 3-1 win over Chelsea last weekend, which has now been followed by this latest success

“We had a really tough week and it wasn’t so much about performance as it was about the result

“You need the results to start confidence and now with two wins I think everyone is in a much better mood

“The best medicine is to win – it’s a different world and a different story The picture is much better right now We need more consistency and try to win again”

Arteta, in charge of Arsenal since December 2019, said he suffered “at times” this year, but had club support

The Spaniard, 38, added: “Considering the context in which we find ourselves now, the pandemic and the problems we have had recently, this has been a tall order

“I enjoy and suffer at times, but I have great people around me and a great organization”

Tuesday’s display lacked the hustle and bustle of the 3-1 win over the Blues, and they were particularly lethargic in the first half when they only managed one effort on goal

However, the pace and urgency picked up a few notches after the break, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli closing in before French striker Alexandre Lacazette shot home in the 66th minute

The second-half substitute had only been on the pitch for 29 seconds when he swept the ball from Bukayo Saka for his third goal in three games

Brighton boss Graham Potter left forwards Neal Maupay and Danny Welbeck on the bench – two of six changes to the starting XI His side once again looked comfortable and calm on the ball but it was was a frustrating story on offense

The home team’s closest score was when Alireza Jahanbakhsh forced Bernd Leno to stop at his nearby post

Arsenal climb to 13th and now have 20 points, while Brighton remains two points above the drop zone in 17th

The Scotland full-back was adamant that the outright victory over the Blues was partly down to the starting side of the front foot, so it was a slight surprise that the Gunners retreated to their shells during the first halftime vs Brighton

Aubameyang replaced Lacazette in the starting XI, but he was left chasing the leftovers as his teammates did not provide him with adequate service Luckily for club fans it was a two-half game – their team looked rejuvenated after the break

Aubameyang moved closer shortly after the reboot when he attempted to return to Saka’s house but was thwarted by Robert Sanchez’s knee His side then pierced

Saka, exceptional on the flanks, this time set up Lacazette, who barely had time to get his crampons dirty by shooting the Mouettes goalkeeper

The display was in stark contrast to the one shown against Chelsea, but the result is the same and will give heart to Arsenal and their fans as 2021 approaches

Seagulls supporters might wonder why their coach chose to leave two of his powerful strikers out of the lineup

If Maupay, their top scorer this season, and Welbeck had been involved in the first half, would Brighton have made more of their domination in the first half?

Jahanbakhsh was proficient in leading the attack, but only managed two efforts on goal He was insane with a cross from Bernardo and saw another instant shot saved by German Arsenal striker Leno

Potter brought Maupay, along with wingers Leandro Trossard and Solly March, but at this point Arsenal were leading 1-0 and had taken the initiative – which they weren’t going to give up

The Brighton boss remained in good spirits despite his side’s last league win on November 21

“I thought we did well in the game against a team with good attacking players

“We do some things well, but we have to keep improving This league is so demanding, so punitive These things can happen and we have to stay together as a group”

Brighton hosts Wolves on Saturday (5.30pm GMT) and Arsenal are at West Brom on the same day (8.00pm GMT)

Attempt blocked Pascal Groà ?? (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked

Attempt blocked Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) left footed shot from the center of the box is blocked Assisted by Kieran Tierney

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Ebene News – GB – “It’s a different world for Arsenal”

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/55406820