Friday, October 22

Arsenal steal a point from Brighton; Granit Xhaka’s absence was painfully felt


Arsenal's standoff in Brighton shows why Granit Xhaka will be sorely missed

Arsenal surpassed on the south coast but escapes with one point

Brighton went on to show that 2021-22 is the year of “Potterball” as the Seagulls really beat Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal at Amex Community Stadium tonight.

Despite the dominant performance, Arsenal were fortunate to escape with a point at 0-0 which was a setback to the final period, where Brighton’s performance in front of goal and overall points total were well below what the expected data showed.

The Gunners only managed 8 shots (two on target) in the 90 minutes, while Brighton recorded almost three times that amount (21), but only tested Aaron Ramsdale directly with the same amount of effort on frame.

And it was the Seagulls that played as the traditional team of the Premier League’s Big Six, with 58.2% possession and a nearly 10% higher pass rate; 84% -76%.

The result saw Brighton enter and exit the weekend program in second place in the table – now with 14 points – while Arsenal He couldn’t extend his three-game winning streak, but has temporarily moved up to the top half.

Absence of Granit Xhaka felt

A Brighton without Yves Bissouma is usually cause for celebration, but in the case of Arsenal, the absence of Granit Xhaka counteracted the Malian midfielder not being on Graham Potter’s list of the day.

Arsenal's standoff in Brighton shows why Granit Xhaka will be sorely missed

Arsenals Granit Xhaka leaves the pitch after being sent off during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. Picture date: Saturday, August 28, 2021 (Photo by Nick Potts / PA Images via Getty Images)

It was always going to be difficult for the Gunners without the influential Swiss international deployed at the heart of the team.

The key duopoly of Xhaka and Thomas Partey that was so effective in the second half of last season when Arsenal raced within earshot of European venues, is very difficult to replace by default. That problem is magnified when, of the current core options at the club, only Xhaka has the overall package he brings to the table.

Young Belgian Sambi Lokonga is a very capable player for his age, but he lacks the refinement that Xhaka has long received during his time at Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Lokonga and Partey barely mastered the proceedings in midfield tonight, and the number of second balls the Seagulls were able to win unopposed on the outskirts of the area showed a clear lack of defensive awareness on the part of the pair and an inability to read. the flow of the party.

They are the first gates in Lokonga’s career and there is still time to work out the problems to make the aforementioned pair click the field, but if Mikel Arteta fails in that task, Arsenal’s season may have an unfortunate – and long – speedbump.


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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Liverpool FC 6 eleven 14
2 Manchester city 6 eleven 13
3 Chelsea Football Club 6 10 13
4 United manchester 6 8 13
5 Everton FC 6 5 13
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 6 3 13
7 West Ham United 6 5 eleven
8 Aston Villa 6 2 10
9 Brentford fc 6 3 9
10 Arsenal FC 6 -5 9
eleven Tottenham Hotspur 6 -5 9
12 Watford FC 6 -2 7
13 Leicester City 6 -3 7
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers 6 -2 6
fifteen crystal Palace 6 -3 6
sixteen Southampton FC 6 -3 4
17 Newcastle united 6 -7 3
18 Leeds United 6 -8 3
19 FC Burnley 6 -6 2
twenty Norwich city 6 -14 0
Player Team Goals
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 5
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 5
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 5
Fernandes, Bruno United manchester 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton and Hove Albion 4
Sarr, Ismael Watford FC 4
Townsend, Andros Everton FC 3
Benrahma said West Ham United 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3
Ronaldo, Cristiano United manchester 3
Lukaku, Romelu Chelsea Football Club 3
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 3
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 3
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 3
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 3
Hwang, Hee-chan Wolverhampton Wanderers 3
Raphinha Leeds United 3
Greenwood, Mason United manchester 3
Doucoure, Abdoulaye Everton FC 2
Saint-Maximin, Allan Newcastle united 2




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