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Arsenal 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion: Gabriel Jesus And Kai Havertz Put Gunners Top

Gabriel Jesus’ goal for Arsenal was his third in the Premier League this seasonArsenal eventually saw off a stubborn Brighton to move back to the top of the Premier League – where they remained after Liverpool were held to a goalless draw by Manchester United.

The Gunners, now a point clear at the summit, claimed their success thanks to Gabriel Jesus’ header and Kai Havertz’s late strike.

Mikel Arteta’s side dominated the first half against Brighton without reward, but the tension eased when Jesus turned in after a corner.

The hosts were almost punished when Pascal Gross poked a golden chance wide before Havertz sealed victory to spark joyous celebrations among a relieved home contingent.

The Seagulls, who were looking for a third successive league victory at Emirates Stadium, managed just one shot on target and drop to ninth place.

After a conservative first-half performance, Brighton offered more attacking threat in the final half an hour but anything other than a home win would have been scarcely deserved.

Arsenal had 26 shots in the match and almost added a third in injury-time when substitute Emile Smith Rowe’s low drive was saved.

“It was an incredible performance. It was a joy to watch from the start to the end,” said Arsenal boss Arteta, whose jubilant celebrations indicated the magnitude of the win.

“The way we played against a phenomenal Brighton side was incredible. We were patient, kept going, kept believing and got what we deserved.”

With Liverpool frustrated at home by United, Arsenal now have 39 points from 17 games and next head to Anfield on Saturday for a crucial meeting with Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Follow live text and radio coverage of Sunday’s Premier League actionHow did you rate Arsenal’s performance? Have your say hereWhat did you make of Brighton’s display? Send us your views hereArsenal continue to ask questions of Liverpool and Man CityWith Liverpool playing later on Sunday, and defending champions Manchester City still behind them after dropping points against Crystal Palace, Arsenal had an opportunity to throw down the gauntlet to their rivals.

Losing a pulsating contest at Aston Villa last weekend had seen the Gunners’ relinquish their spot at the summit and a five-match winning streak in the top flight come to an end.

Nevertheless, the mood in the camp remained upbeat with Arteta and his players stressing the positives from a defeat where they had created enough decent chances to earn something.

Against Brighton, Arteta kept faith with the same starting XI and urged them to make amends in front of their home fans.

The Gunners were unbeaten in 12 home games – since losing 3-0 to Brighton in May – but the first half followed a familiar pattern.

Arsenal moved the ball with pace and purpose against a deep-lying Brighton side, creating several chances for Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel and Gabriel Martinelli in a one-sided first half.

However, they were unable to find the ruthless streak which Arteta had demanded.

“I didn’t want to have the feeling of it being another game where we couldn’t score – but you think about it. We had so many chances to put the game to bed,” said Arteta.

Arsenal went into half-time with 15 attempts at goal, of which only three were on target, and the second half started with Odegaard dallying on another chance.

The Gunners’ skipper was guilty of taking too long when presented with the ball in the box, taking a touch instead of a first-time shot allowing Brighton defender Jan Paul van Hecke to brilliantly nip in.

That inadvertently teed up the opening goal, with Van Hecke flicking the resulting corner on to the far post where Jesus pounced.

Arsenal and their fans knew the importance of scoring a second goal to kill off the game, which was further emphasised when Gross slid wide from a cross which he should have converted.

Eventually the hosts did seal victory when Havertz finished off a slick attacking move with a fourth goal in his past seven games.

Seagulls feed on scraps as scoring streak endsBrighton are facing a different challenge this season as they juggle domestic and European campaigns with a squad stretched by injury.

Three days after they clinched a place in the Europa League last 16, the Seagulls faced a tight turnaround for one of the toughest trips in the Premier League.

Brighton boss Roberto de Zerbi said they had only one training session to prepare for the game, but refused to look for excuses after a performance where they offered little attacking threat.

Nevertheless, the game would have had a completely different complexion had Gross equalised.

The German perhaps should have slid in with his right leg instead of his left and the miss contributed to Brighton not scoring for the first time in 33 Premier League games.

“I’m disappointed for the result but not for the other things. We deserved to lose. Arsenal played much better than us, they deserved to win the game,” said De Zerbi.

“We had the chance to score in the second half. Maybe it could have been different but we didn’t deserve any points.”

Line-upsArsenalFormation 4-3-3

22Raya

4White2Saliba6Gabriel35Zinchenko

8Ødegaard41Rice29Havertz

7Saka9Gabriel Jesus11Martinelli

22Raya4WhiteBooked at 38mins2Saliba6Gabriel35ZinchenkoSubstituted forKiwiorat 90+3’minutes8Ødegaard41Rice29HavertzSubstituted forSmith Roweat 89’minutes7SakaSubstituted forNelsonat 89’minutes9Gabriel JesusSubstituted forNketiahat 81’minutes11MartinelliSubstituted forTrossardat 82’minutesSubstitutes1Ramsdale10Smith Rowe14Nketiah15Kiwior17Cédric Soares19Trossard24Nelson59Lewis-Skelly76WaltersBrightonFormation 4-2-3-1

1Verbruggen

34Veltman29van Hecke5Dunk6Milner

13Groß11Gilmour

24Adingra14Lallana22Mitoma

28Ferguson

1Verbruggen34VeltmanSubstituted forHinshelwoodat 27’minutes29van Hecke5Dunk6MilnerSubstituted fordos Santos de Pauloat 60’minutes13GroßBooked at 89mins11GilmourBooked at 76mins24AdingraSubstituted forWelbeckat 79’minutes14LallanaSubstituted forBuonanotteat 60’minutes22MitomaBooked at 43mins28FergusonSubstituted forJoão Pedroat 60’minutesSubstitutes3dos Santos de Paulo8Dahoud9João Pedro15Moder18Welbeck20Baleba23Steele40Buonanotte41HinshelwoodReferee:Tim Robinson

Attendance:60,257

Live TextMatch ends, Arsenal 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Second Half ends, Arsenal 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Pascal Groß is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Igor Julio.

Substitution, Arsenal. Jakub Kiwior replaces Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Jan Paul van Hecke (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal).

Attempt saved. Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leandro Trossard with a headed pass.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Reiss Nelson.

Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution, Arsenal. Reiss Nelson replaces Bukayo Saka.

Substitution, Arsenal. Emile Smith Rowe replaces Kai Havertz.

Goal! Arsenal 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 0. Kai Havertz (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Eddie Nketiah.

Attempt missed. Jack Hinshelwood (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pascal Groß with a cross.

Attempt blocked. João Pedro (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pascal Groß.

Attempt blocked. João Pedro (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pascal Groß.

Foul by Leandro Trossard (Arsenal).

Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Declan Rice (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Attempt missed. Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kaoru Mitoma.

Player of the match

RiceDeclan Rice

with an average of 7.56

ArsenalSquad number41Player nameRice

Squad number8Player nameØdegaard

Squad number7Player nameSaka

Squad number9Player nameGabriel Jesus

Squad number11Player nameGabriel Martinelli

Squad number10Player nameSmith Rowe

Squad number2Player nameSaliba

Squad number29Player nameHavertz

Squad number19Player nameTrossard

Squad number6Player nameGabriel Magalhães

Squad number14Player nameNketiah

Squad number24Player nameNelson

Squad number35Player nameZinchenko

Squad number4Player nameWhite

Squad number15Player nameKiwior

Squad number22Player nameRaya

Brighton & Hove AlbionSquad number5Player nameDunk

Squad number11Player nameGilmour

Squad number28Player nameFerguson

Squad number22Player nameMitoma

Squad number13Player nameGroß

Squad number29Player namevan Hecke

Squad number9Player nameJoão Pedro

Squad number18Player nameWelbeck

Squad number6Player nameMilner

Squad number41Player nameHinshelwood

Squad number24Player nameAdingra

Squad number34Player nameVeltman

Squad number14Player nameLallana

Squad number40Player nameBuonanotte

Squad number3Player nameIgor Julio

Squad number1Player nameVerbruggen