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Premier League: Arsenal vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Team News: Arsenal: Leno, Chambers, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Xhaka, Partey, Pepe, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang. Brighton & Hove Albion: Sanchez, White, Webster, Dunk, Bissouma, Mac Allister, Trossard, Gross, Moder, Jahanbakhsh, Burn.

 

5 Key Points


- The two teams have met seven times in the Premier League. Arsenal have won twice, they have drawn twice and Brighton have won three games.

- In their previous meeting in December, Arsenal won 1-0 through Alexandre Lacazette's goal in the 66th minute.

- Danny Welbeck, Joel Veltman, Davy Propper, Solly March, Tariq Lamptey, Jose Izquierdo and Neal Maupay all out. Hector Bellerin, Mat Ryan and David Luiz are ruled out for the final game of the season.

- Brighton's form for the last six Premier League games is D, L, W, L, D, W and Arsenal's form is D, L, W, W, W, W.

- Brighton faced Manchester City last and came back from a two-nil deficit to win 3-2 at home. Arsenal last played Crystal Palace and won 3-1 away.

 

1': We're underway at the Emirates.

5': Good link up play between Smith-Rowe, Odegaard and Xhaka. Smith-Rowe had his shot deflected for the corner that Sanchez parries away.

6': Partey had a shot from distance but it was wide.

7': Xhaka hits the target with a shot from distance but it's comfortable for Sanchez.

8': Mac Allister is tackled by Odegaard but move started from a strong run by Moder.

9': Smith-Rowe plays it to Odegaard on the break away and he has a shot that's deflected.

11': Sanchez parried the corner away and is given a free kick.

12': Webster fouled Smith-Rowe.

13': Chambers headed out Mac Allister's cross.

14': Gross crossed into the box and Leno parried it away. Gross crossed it back in again and Leno gets his hands on it this time.

16': Xhaka played a good ball to Pepe who is then tackled by Burn.

19': Lots of pressure on Brighton's defence with no let up as of yet from Arsenal.

22': Odegaard plays the ball to Aubameyang and Burn with the clearance. Dunk stayed tight on Aubameyang.

24': Odegaard crossed to the back post to Aubameyang but Dunk stayed tight and Aubameyang's header was off target.

25': Bissouma fouled Odegaard.

27': Jahanabakhsh caught Smith-Rowe off guard and was through on the defence but lacked conviction.

28': Burn fouled Smith-Rowe.

29': Xhaka went for goal but it was blocked and Sanchez caught the deflection.

31': Great tackle by Bissouma to take the ball from Pepe.

32': Odegaard crossed, Holding tried to put the ball in the net but it was cleared by Moder but Holding was offside.

35': Mac Allister made an excellent stride forward and passed it to Jahanbakhsh. He played it into the area and Moder had a chance. He couldn't get a shot away and was blocked by Holding. Dunk had a shot wide in the aftermath.

37': Moder is fouled by Holding.

40': Aubameyang is tackled by Webster for the corner.

44': Gabriel's header hits the cross bar.

45': Bissouma cleared the ball.

45': Odegaard crossed the corner in and Burn guides it out for the goal kick.

Half-Time: Good first half showing with Arsenal having more threats going forward through, Odegaard and Smith-Rowe. Brighton have missed the presence of Welbeck up front but have defended excellently.

45': Back underway for the second half.

45': BRIGHTON SUBSTITUTION: Jahanbakhsh comes off for Lallana and Trossard comes off for Connolly.

46': Connolly is fouled. The referee Jonathan Moss is having a word with Arteta.

49': GOAL! Xhaka played a great ball to Pepe who put it in the back of the net through Sanzhez's legs. 1-0 Arsenal.

51': Connolly tried to curl the ball in but it went wide.

52': Needed defending from Holding after a good move from Brighton but Connolly lost his balance.

54': Aubameyang was through on goal and passed it to Odegaard who was tackled by Lallana.

57': Bissouma had a shot from distance that is dragged wide.

58': Connolly is fouled.

59': Connolly is fouled by Pepe.

60': GOAL! Pepe has scored through the legs of Dunk this time. 2-0 Arsenal.

64': Moder has a shot saved by Leno.

65': BRIGHTON SUBSTITUTION: Mac Allister comes off for Alzate.

68': Moder fouled Smith-Rowe.

69': Aubameyang was quick on the counter but his shot was wide.

71': White's ball looked to find Connolly but it had too much on it and went out for a goal kick.

73': Xhaka played it to Partey, who's shot rattled against the cross bar.

74': ARSENAL SUBSTITUTION: Saka comes on for Smith-Rowe.

75': Gross is fouled by Aubameyang.

76': Dunk steals it away from Odegaard. Moder crosses a teasing ball past Leno but no one could get on the end of it.

77': Aubameyang passed it to Saka. Saka's cross is deflected by White.

77': Sanchez collected the cross from the corner.

79': Gross played it to Moder and his cross was cleared by Holding.

79': ARSENAL SUBSTITUTION: Aubameyang comes off for Lacazette.

80': The second corner goes in and Alzate fouls Saka.

82': Bissouma makes an excellent tackle on Saka.

84': Dunk was fouled by Saka.

85': ARSENAL SUBSTITUTION: Martinelli comes on for Odegaard.

90': Great block from Dunk to stop Martinelli.

90+1': 2 added minutes.

90+1': Martinelli's shot is saved by Sanchez.

Full-Time: Excellent 2-0 display from Arsenal in front of their fans. Brighton were good at defending first half but looked tired second half and Brighton didn't offer much going forward either half. It was a great performance from Arsenal with the whole team playing well. My man of the match was Nicolas Pepe, who scored both goals and caused lots of problems for Brighton's defence. Odegaard, Xhaka and Smith Rowe had great games. Bissouma was one to note for Brighton with some excellent tackles.

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