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.
Not a bad point at the end for Arsenal, who were second best throughout the 90 minutes. Smith Rowe very good, but sub-par performances elsewhere.
Three wins and a draw from this patch of games has been a good comeback before the international break. pic.twitter.com/MbpXvDx64T
– Charles Watts (@charles_watts) October 2, 2021
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.
Points are shared in Brighton.
– Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 2, 2021
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.
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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|Hwang, Hee-chan||Wolverhampton Wanderers||3|
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