On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over Brighton at the Emirates Stadium, with goals from Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi enough to give the Gunners three points.
Arsenal hit the front straight away and came close to taking the lead in the first two minutes. French striker Alexandre Lacazette smashed an effort from long-range against Mat Ryan’s post.
The visitors offered their first real threat on five minutes. Pascal Gross fired in a free kick, which saw Izzy Brown glance towards goal, but wide of Petr Cech’s left post. Arsenal started to dominate possession and Alexis Sanchez saw a low effort saved comfortably by Ryan.
The Australian international also produced a comfortable low save from a tame low shot from Alex Iwobi. Arsenal took the lead on 16 minutes. The Gunners won a corner kick that Lacazette kept alive at the far post.
The ball fell to Shkodran Mustafi whose effort was blocked by Duffy on the line, before Bellerin saw another effort block, only for the ball to fall to Nacho Monreal and the Spaniard fired a low effort into the net.
Brighton came close to equalising on 23 minutes. The Seagulls win a free-kick on their right and the ball is touched to Solly March, who whose effort from 20 yards out smashes against Cech’s left-hand post. Centre-back Lewis Dunk then fired the rebound wide of goal.
Arsenal came out of a good period from the visitors with Iwobi firing a low effort straight at Ryan from just outside the penalty area. Lacazette also shot tamely at Ryan from the edge of the area.
The Gunners came close to doubling their lead on 42 minutes. The home broke quickly, as Bellerin found Sead Kolasinac in the area and the wing-back squared the ball to Aaron Ramsey, whose low shot drew a superb save with his foot from Ryan.
In the last minute of the first half, Brighton threatened, as Davy Propper fired well wide of Cech’s far post when in a good position inside the Gunners area.
Arsenal started the second half on the front foot and Lacazette saw an effort on goal blocked by Duffy in the opening five minutes of the second period. Ramsey also fired well over the bar from long-range after Sanchez had found the Welshman with a corner kick.
The Gunners doubled their lead on 55 minutes. Sanchez produced a fantastic back-heeled pass to Iwobi in the area and the winger fired low past Ryan. Sanchez came close to making it three on the hour mark.
The Chilean found acres of space down the Arsenal left, cut inside before seeing his low effort towards the far post tipped around the post by Ryan. From the resulting corner kick, Kolasinac saw a header cleared off the line by March on the post.
Arsenal continued to dominate the game and Sanchez poked an effort wide of goal. The Chilean also fired just over the Brighton bar with 15 minutes remaining on the clock. The Gunners had the visitors pinned back in their own half for much of the last ten minutes.
However, Glenn Murray came close to getting a goal back for the visitors, as the substitute headed just inches wide of Cech’s near post with just seven minutes left on the clock.
Brighton started to see a bit more of the ball and Propper fired wide of goal of in stoppage-time. Oliver Giroud also headed wide of goal. In truth, though, Arsenal already had the maximum points sealed up.
The win moved Arsenal up to fifth in the Premier League table and only behind fourth-place Chelsea on goal difference.
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