The Premier League title race appears to be over after Arsenal was defeated 3-0 by Brighton. Both teams pushed forward at every opportunity at the Emirates, with Leandro Trossard hitting the crossbar with the Gunners’ greatest chance of the first half. However, the visitors took the lead quickly after the restart.
Julio Enciso took advantage of Jakub Kiwior’s ankle injury, which gave him plenty of space to nod past Aaron Ramsdale. Late in the game, Deniz Undav extended the lead by lobbing Ramsdale after a clearance bounced off Pascal Gross. Pervis Estupinan added the frosting on the cake, turning home a rebound in the eight minutes of stoppage time that Ramsdale should’ve dealt with better. Mikel Arteta was let down by his team’s poor finishing, but he also made faults in how he set up his stall.
1. Allowing Brighton to play their game
Arsenal has played some fantastic football this season, but Brighton has been equally impressive when at their best.
While Arteta will always support his team to improve, going toe-to-toe with Roberto De Zerbi’s team was not a good decision.
They were mostly second best and failed to disturb their opponents’ rhythm, allowing them to impose their will.
Arsenal needed to disrupt the game more. At the Emirates, everything seemed too simple.
2. Leaving Nketiah on the bench for so long
Gabriel Jesus is a gifted player who has contributed significantly to Arteta’s style of play.
However, your primary goal as a striker is to score goals. He may be a fantastic finisher, but he falls short when it comes to generating something from nothing.
It wasn’t just him who struggled in front of goal this afternoon, but sitting Eddie Nketiah for so long made no sense.
With just over 10 minutes to go, he had little time to demonstrate his abilities.