Arsenal have continued their recent slump at the end of the 2021-22 Premier League campaign with a hugely frustrating 2-1 loss at the Emirates against visiting Brighton, leaving Mikel Arteta’s Gunners in danger of drop three points behind bitter rivals Tottenham in the race for the final Champions League spot.
Arsenal lose to Crystal Palace and Brighton in one week.
His four main hopes are fading fast 👋 pic.twitter.com/nOLvw81R13
— B/R Football (@brfootball) April 9, 2022
The north London giants were second best for the vast majority of the afternoon match and at one point were down 2-0, but almost fought back to secure a point. A goal disallowed by Gabriel Martinelli and second-half substitute Eddie Nketiah hitting the woodwork, however, perhaps summed up the day entirely. Brighton will be feeling confident with this performance as their drive to break into the top half will be boosted considerably thanks to two superb efforts from Leandro Trossard and Enock Mwepu on either side of the break.
Aaron Ramsdale (6) – He cannot be held accountable for any of Brighton’s goals. A decent performance, but it wasn’t the usual larger-than-life me in goal.
Cedric Soares (6.5) – The Portuguese international continues to take decent turns in a substitute role behind Takehiro Tomiyasu. He was doing pretty well.
White Ben (6) – It’s fine, and in truth, there wasn’t much more he could do to deal with the ease with which Brighton slipped into the box at times.
Gabriel Magalhaes (6) – Similar to his England international partner. Many of the problems are hardly due to them. He was fine.
Xhaka Granite (5.5) – He provided an assist on goal and was much better in the second half, but as a left-back Xhaka is a shadow of the player he is for the club when he is in the middle.
Sambi Lokonga (6) – A difficult performance to calibrate. He tried to put himself in the right way, but it’s clear that Lokonga isn’t ready to be trusted as a first choice.
Emilio Smith Rowe (6) – A small performance from Smith Rowe given that he was cast in a tight role today in the center of the park.
Martin Ødegaard (7) – He found what almost turned out to be a vital goal in the closing minutes of the match and was, like Saka, one of the few players to perform overall.
Bukayo Saka (7) – Despite the lack of final product, Saka was one of the few players to appear for the entire match with Arsenal. Indicative of how crucial it has become.
Gabriel Martinelli (6.5) – Lively as always and made a nuisance of himself all afternoon. No doubt he will be aggrieved to have seen his equalizer delayed for offside.
Alexander Lacazette (6) – He may be talented, but the frustration remains that while the Frenchman can draw others around him, sometimes you just need your striker to score.
Eddie Nketiah (substituted in the 62nd minute; 6.5) – He hit the woodwork after coming in and was generally okay as he has often proven to be an impact substitute.
Nicolas Pépé (substituted in the 74th minute; 6) – He got in, but was involved in little apart from a handful of efforts that didn’t pan out.
Robert Sanchez (7) – He was good between the sticks, including a very good save at the end to keep Arsenal out.
Joel Veltman (7) – One of the leaders in tackles (3) for Brighton today, the Dutchman put in a pretty solid performance overall.
Matte Lewis (6.5) – A rock in the back for the Gulls, though perhaps not the true strength he has been able to display. However, it was decent overall.
Marc Cucurella (7) – Strong at both ends of the pitch today and remains one of Brighton’s unsung heroes this season under Graham Potter.
Gross Pascal (6) – Often a substitute on the right, it is clear that he remains a central player despite his work ethic. He is fine at best.
Enock Mwepu (8.5) – Truly a summer signature MotM performance. He was always present in all areas of the field and ended his day with a wonderful goal.
Yves Bissouma (7) – A good overall performance from Brighton’s key central figure. Taken off because he was booked, but he was as strong as ever.
Moises Caicedo (7) – Strong departure from the midfielder who, along with Mwepu and Bissouma, greatly frustrated Arsenal’s engine room at all times.
Leandro Trossard (7.5) – He scored a delightful first goal to give Brighton the lead in the first half and consistently provided a link outlet throughout the game. A very good performance.
Danny Welbeck (7) – Pretty impressive today alongside Mac Allister and showed a real desire to be a focal point of attack in quite a few passages. Workhorse as always.
Alexis MacAllister (6) – He should have done better with his decision-making at some key moments and tried to link up with midfield often falling deep, but he was just fine.
Adam Lallana (substituted in the 74th minute; 5) – Despite only having about 20 minutes left, he barely influenced the proceedings.
Tariq Lamptey (substituted in the 77th minute; 5.5) – Provoked to try to shore things up and perhaps offer some threat over the counter. He didn’t add much.
Adam Webster (substituted in the 85th minute; N/A) – He entered for the final phase of the match.
what they say
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 9, 2022
🗣 “We had to be brave, we had to use the qualities we have in the team”.
Graham Potter explains his game plan when his team beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates. pic.twitter.com/1kb2cJ1UOB
– Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 9, 2022
what you may have missed
Arsenal’s goal disallowed due to “hard evidence” of offside. pic.twitter.com/LioXlMXRsM
— DailyAFC (@DailyAFC) April 9, 2022
I don’t think Arsenal particularly deserve a draw, but if VAR takes that long to decide… it’s the definition of ‘level’ for me, but I think the concept of ‘level’ doesn’t exist anymore.
— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) April 9, 2022
H/T: 1-0 Brighton.
Terrible Arsenal midfielder. It has to be said though, if it takes that long to try to figure out if someone’s foot is offside, should I really rule out a goal? Clearly, they weren’t sure whose foot it was in all those replays.
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) April 9, 2022
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The Premier League table as it stands
|3||chelsea football club||29||17||8||4||58||23||35||59|
|5||FC Arsenal||29||17||3||9||44||3. 4||10||54|
|6||West Ham United||31||fifteen||6||10||51||40||eleven||51|
|10||city of leicester||28||10||7||eleven||43||47||-4||37|
|13||Brighton and Hove Albion||30||7||13||10||26||36||-10||3. 4|
|14||Newcastle United||31||8||10||13||3. 4||54||-twenty||3. 4|
|twenty||norwich city||30||4||6||twenty||18||63||-Four. Five||18|
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14:00, Saturday 09 April 2022