Arsenal Move to Top of Premier League with Win over Brighton

Arsenal have moved one point ahead of Liverpool and Manchester City in their pursuit of a first Premier League title in 20 years. The Gunners secured an impressive away victory over Brighton, with Bukayo Saka scoring a first-half penalty and Kai Havertz and Leandro Trossard adding two more goals to seal the win. Arsenal’s victory came after Manchester City beat Crystal Palace 4-2 earlier in the day, while Liverpool faced Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Arsenal supporters will be buoyed by their team’s recent form, having won 10 of their past 11 league games and taken 31 points out of a possible 33 in 2024. Saka’s return from injury was a welcome boost for the Gunners, with the 22-year-old England international having 30 goal involvements in 39 appearances this season. Meanwhile, Havertz is hitting form at the perfect time for the Gunners, with nine goal involvements in the past seven league games. Despite facing a tougher run-in than their title rivals, Arsenal’s strong momentum has put them in a good position as they seek redemption in a fascinating three-team title race.

Brighton, on the other hand, have stuttered in their bid to repeat their European feat. The Seagulls have won only three of their past 12 league games and scored just three times in their past eight fixtures across all competitions. Their hopes of achieving European football for a second successive season were dealt a blow by wins for West Ham and Newcastle directly above them. Despite encouraging build-up play and effective pressing, shortcomings in the final third were evident once again in their defeat to Arsenal. Brighton now face an uphill battle to qualify for European football, with their bid to achieve that resuming at struggling Burnley next Saturday.

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Brighton lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Verbruggen in goal. Lamptey, van Hecke, Dunk, and Estupiñán formed the back four. Baleba and Groß played in the defensive midfield positions. Adingra, Moder, and Enciso played in the attacking midfield positions. Welbeck played as the lone striker. Buonanotte, João Pedro, Lallana, Barco, Steele, Ansu Fati, Veltman, and Peupion were the substitutes.


Arsenal lined up in a 4-3-3 formation with Raya in goal. White, Saliba, Gabriel, and Zinchenko formed the back four. Ødegaard, Jorginho, and Rice played in midfield. Saka, Havertz, and Gabriel Jesus played in the attacking positions. Ramsdale, Partey, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Nketiah, Kiwior, Tomiyasu, Trossard, and Fábio Vieira were the substitutes.

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The match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal ended with a scoreline of 0-3 in favor of Arsenal. The second half of the game saw Arsenal continue their dominant display, maintaining possession and creating chances.

In the 62nd minute, Ben White of Arsenal was shown a yellow card. João Pedro of Brighton and Hove Albion won a free kick in the defensive half in the 68th minute after a foul by Fábio Vieira of Arsenal. Facundo Buonanotte of Brighton and Hove Albion committed a foul in the 72nd minute, leading to a free kick for Arsenal on the left wing, which was won by Takehiro Tomiyasu.

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Pervis Estupiñán of Brighton and Hove Albion committed a foul in the 76th minute, leading to a free kick for Arsenal in the defensive half, which was won by Jorginho. Brighton and Hove Albion was awarded a corner in the 78th minute, which was conceded by Takehiro Tomiyasu. Gabriel Magalhães of Arsenal conceded another corner for Brighton and Hove Albion in the 80th minute.

João Pedro of Brighton and Hove Albion attempted a shot in the 82nd minute, which was blocked by Arsenal. Brighton and Hove Albion was awarded another corner in the 84th minute, which was conceded by William Saliba of Arsenal. Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal attempted a header in the 85th minute, which was too high and assisted by Gabriel Martinelli following a corner.

Gabriel Magalhães of Arsenal attempted a header in the 87th minute, which was saved in the top centre of the goal by the Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper. Arsenal made two substitutions in the 88th minute, with Eddie Nketiah replacing Kai Havertz and Fábio Vieira replacing Martin Ødegaard. Arsenal was awarded a corner in the 90th minute, which was conceded by Jan Paul van Hecke of Brighton and Hove Albion.

Declan Rice of Arsenal attempted a shot from outside the box in the 90+2nd minute, which was blocked, assisted by Leandro Trossard. Ansu Fati of Brighton and Hove Albion won a free kick in the attacking half in the 90+4th minute.

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