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Arsenal v Brighton: Premier League – live! – The Guardian, Theguardian.com

Arsenal v Brighton: Premier League – live! – The Guardian, Theguardian.com


67 min: Dunk goofs mid-way inside theArsenalhalf and has the ball ripped off him. Pépé hurtles forward and then nips a nice ball through to Aubameyang, whose shot on the run is deflected out for a corner.

(min: The goal is ruled out, correctly.

63 min: GOAL? Ozil floats in a freekick from the right and David Luiz is free to sidefoot a volley in from 15 yards! But he was a couple of yards offside so expect VAR to overrule it …. eventually.

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62 min: Lovey dainty cross from the right by Alzate after a flowing move. Mooy leaps above Bellerin to get a good downward header in from eight yards. Leno pushes it out for a corner!

61 min: Brighton take the corner short, then Xhaka clears Mooy’s cross. Gross cops a booking for deliberately handling the ball to curtail a counter-attack.

60 min: Gross cruises through midfield and slips in Mooy, whose shot from the edge of the area cannons off a defender and goes out for a corner.

58 min: Torreira seems to have injured himself whilst fouling Connolly.

54 min: Ljungberg evidently located Arsenal’s mojo at half-time because they’ve come out with fresh intensity in this half and have already posed Brighton more problems than they did in the whole of the first period.

GOAL! Arsenal 1-1 Brighton (Lacazette 50)

Ozil’s corner is flicked on at the heat post by Lacazette and it goes in off the far post. Kolasinac jumped but didn’t need to it help it over the line, which is just as well, as he may have been offside.

Alexandre Lacazette heads in the Arsenal equaliser.
Alexandre Lacazette heads in the Arsenal equaliser. Photograph: Tom Jenkins / The Guardian

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49 min: Strong run by Pépé down the right – he’s made a positive impact so far , adding much-needed thrust and urgency to Arsenal’s attack. But his concluding pass this time falls short of Ozil.

(min: Pépé’s first contribution is a dinky exchange with Ozil, which enables him to win a corner. Ozil’s delivery is cleared by Burn.

Arsenal substitution: Pépé on, Willock off. According to Clive Tyldsley, the new comers “has just gone through the most languid warm-up I have ever seen.”

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“I was listening to one of those learned podcasts we’re always being encouraged to improve ourselves with, and it turns out that Hope hasn’t always had a good press among the philosophers,” lectures Charles Antaki. “Apparently there’s some feeling that Zeus arranged that it should remain in Pandora’s box of vices precisely because it was the most pernicious of the lot. Nietzsche didn’t think much of it either. And now legions ofArsenalfans. ”Don’t fret, Charles : Pepe is about to come on ….

Half-time: Arsenal 0-1 Brighton

“Booooooooo!” Is the familiar verdict from home fans. Their team have been disjointed and slow, the total opposite of Brighton, who have had the majority of possession and been clever and constructive with it. They know what they’re doing, whereasArsenalhave got nothing but spasmodic bluster and glimpses of talent. The Probability Indicator say Brighton are cruising to victory here, Ljungberg isn’t getting this job full-time and the New Manager will have his work cut out.

Frustration for Freddie.
Frustration for Freddie. Photograph: Tom Jenkins / The Guardian

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(min: Sokratis booked for sliding into to the back of Connolly’s legs near the corner flag.

44 min: Aubameyang sends over another useful cross from the right . It comes to Lacazette, who goes down under a light challenge by Webster. No penalty, reckons the referee. At first look that seems right.

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40 min: Aubameyang leaves Burn for dead down the right and then measures out a fine cross. Lacazette meets it with a header seven yards out … and Ryan makes an excellent save! Much better from Arsenal!

(min: Brighton stream forward anew , and Arsenal are lucky that the final ball towards Connolly is overhit. “TheArsenalback line simply retreats and retreats,” notes Mary Waltz . “Don’t they know how to challenge a onrushing attacker?” In fairness to them, they are getting zero protection from midfield – Brighton are free to run at them in numbers.

(min: The sound you can hear is eitherArsenalfans whingeing or the Amazon Probability Indicator smashing into a million useless pieces on the ground after being chucked out of a window with righteous vigour ….

GOAL! Arsenal 0-1 Brighton (Webster 36)

That’s been coming! Brun nods a corner to the edge of the six-yad box, where Connolly took it down and tried to shoot on the swivel. It as taken off his foot by a defender but fell to Webster, who swept it into the net from eight yards!

Brighton’s Adam Webster sweeps the ball home!
Brighton’s Adam Webster sweeps the ball home! Photograph: Marc Atkins / Getty Images

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(min: David Luiz, spooked by Connolly’s ferocious pressing, donks the ball straight out of play for a Brighton throw-in, then throws his hands up at the lack of options provided by teammates.Arsenalfans’ grumbling is growing louder …

(min: Propper canters through midfield and has a pop from 20 yards. Leno makes another save.Arsenalare increasingly nervous and ragged, other than their goalkeeper.

(min) : Maupay lets fly from 25 yards after a quickly taken Brighton freekick. While Arsenal’s defenders dozed, Leno was alert enough to dive to his left and push the ball away.

30 min: Brighton are having the majority of possession and passing with far more confidence and purpose thanArsenalhave mustered so far.

28 min: Arsenal work up a storm around the opposing box. Torreira’s miskick from outside the area finds its way to Aubameyang, whose low effort from the right-hand side wobbles wide. “I’ve been an Arsenal follower since 1953, I’m in my hospital bed in Melbourne recovering after a cancer op, ”says Ray Brindle. “Are there any signs so far that the Gunners will give me a hope for a reverse in fortunes?” At the moment I’s say Arsenal’s most likely source of a goal is a penalty, because Brighton’s defenders are quick to grab shirts on the rare occasionsArsenalapply pressure in the box. Soonoer or later the ref is going to spot it, you suspect. Get well soon!

26 min: Mooy’s delivery from the left finds Maupay beyond the far post. The Frenchman takes it down and cracks a fierce low shot just wide of the other post from a difficult angle.

(min) : Three players converge on Connolly at the edge of the Arsenal area but the young striker manages to win a corner. “Does the Amazon Win Probability Indicator work like Duckworth-Lewis in cricket,” wonders Graeme Thorns. “So that if the floodlights failed, there was a freak flood submerging the pitch or any other way the match is abandoned, thenArsenalwould be awarded the win? ”Probably not.

24 min: Ebster gets his head to Gross’ outswinging corner. Leno makes another comfortable save.

(min) : Gross bangs the freekick straight into the wall he had been watching get assembled for the past two minutes.

(min) : No quick freekick by Brighton this time, unlike at Anfield ….Arsenalare still setting up their wall

(min) : Connolly goes down in theArsenalbox as he tries to latch on to a clipped pass by Stephens. Bellerin pulled him back and gets a booking. The ref awards a freekick just outside the box ..

(min) : Connolly jinks on the his right foot at the left-hand corner of theArsenalbox and tries to send a curler into the far corner of the net. But it’s too close to Leno, who makes a straightforward save.

(min: Steady buildup by Brighton, featuring a nice burst by Mooy past Bellerin. But then David Luiz steps in front of Connolly to make a good interception.

David Luiz denies Brighton’s Aaron Connolly.
David Luiz denies Brighton’s Aaron Connolly. Photograph: Tom Jenkins / The Guardian

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12 min: Brilliant interplay between Xhaka, Ozil, Aubameyang and Lacazette before the Frenchman forces a good save from Ryan from 10 yards …. but it wouldn’t have counted, as the flag was up for offside .

9 min: Ozil and Kolasinc combine down the left before the German sends over a cross that Burn feels obliged to head behind for a corner. Ozil delivers that, too, and Lacazette gets a good flick on it at the near post despite a shove from Gross.

7 min: Xhaka heads a Brighton cross away at the near post.

7 min: Brighton have settled into a nice passing rhythm, butArsenalare working hard without the ball to restrict space .

4 min: […buffering …]

2 min: Aubameyang, operating wide on the left it seems, gives the ball away with his first touch. Brighton start passing it around methodically … until they, too, give it away, and Dunk has to make an important interception to stopArsenalfrom taking advantage.

Freddie Ljungberg watches on the sidelines.
Freddie Ljungberg watches on the sidelines. Photograph: Tom Jenkins / The Guardian

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1 min: Arsenal v Brighton is go! But only after Lacazette throws a dummy before taking kickoff. ClassicArsenal.

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Nicolas Pépé on RMC: ‘Losing Emery was painful for me. He’s the coach who brought me here. It’s painful. Freddie? He used to play so he understands me. It’s up to me to win my place ’

December 5, 2019

In other news, Newcastle have taken the lead at Sheffiled United thanks to Allan Saint-Maxims first goal for the club. Steve Bruce’s Black and White Army are on the march!

And here’s thought for the day, from Justin Kavanagh. “Has Arsenal’s negative goal difference got much to do with the presence of the Brazilian enigma who was at the heart of the 7-1 World Cup semi-final heartbreak, do you think? Clearly, he is a fine footballer, and can deliver a wonderful long pass, but I’ve always had a suspicion that he’d be a much better deep midfielder than a center-half (who can’t seem to keep track of his marker). ”Well, yes, a deep midfielder (or a centreback in a three-man defense) and possibly a better one than any of Arsenal’s current crop. The problem goes beyond one player – Arsenal’s is a very unbalanced squad; and conceding is certainly a problem, but that negative difference is also because they’re not scoring anywhere near as many as they should. Burnley and Villa has netted more than them so far this season. Still, I fancy them to nick another 2-2 today (which is why Aubameyang is my fantasy captain again).

Here are the thoughts of Kim “No Relation” Doyle: “With Freddie and Per at the helm of the Gunners, I expect the return of quick attacking, one or two touch football. The real problem has been in the defensive midfielder position (s) – with teams attacker through the middle, almost at will. Torreira needs to return to the combative form that he showed in his first severalArsenalstarts of last season. Like the classical Hero the Gunners have gone down to the underworld but now will return to the Land of the Living. ”

Freddie Ljungberg’s hopes of getting the Arsenal gig on a permanent basis have just suffered a blow:Marco Silva is now available.

Players’ previews

David Luiz has been stating the obvious: “In modern football everyone has to understand both moments of the game – attacking and defending … We have to improve this immediately because it’s been a long time since you can see that nobody can score against us. ”

As for Brighton, Pascal Gross says the keys to them winning today will be “patience on the ball, be brave on the ball and then use your chances.”

Teams:

Ljungberg has made three changes to the lineup that started at Carrow Road, with Mustafi jilted to enable Sokratis to return. Bellerin comes in at right-back. Still no place for Pepe, though.

Arsenal: Leno; Bellerin, Sokratis, David Luiz, Kolasinac; Willock, Xhaka, Torreira; Ozil; Aubameyang, Lacazette

Subs: Martinez, Guendouzi, Tierney, Pepe, Martinelli, Nelson, Chambers

Brighton: Ryan; Webster, Dunk, Stephens; Alzate, Propper, Mooy, Gross, Burn; Maupay, Connolly

Subs: Bissouma, Duffy, Button, Bernardo, Murray, Trossard, Montoya

Referee:G Scott

Preamble

Arsenal have two of the best strikers around – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. Their highest paid player is a creative midfielder. And in the summer they spent a record fee on an exciting forward. So it has taken extraordinary incompetence for them to reach the 14 – game mark with a negative goal difference. And that’s just one reason why Unai Emery got the boot. Yes,Arsenalare, in the throes of a crisis. They are desperately seeking a full-time manager and a coherent way of playing. And, er, they are four points and six places above Brighton, who are so happy with their gaffer that they’ve just handed him a six-year contract extension without being asked.

The thing is, Graham Potter has given Brighton a sense of direction even if results have yet to live up to the promise shown. He has generated belief. Arsenal, alas, remain a club riddled with doubts, possibly even despair, at least for some. Temporary boss Freddie Ljungberg didn’t do a heck of a lot to change that in his first match in charge even if there were brief spells of encouragement during the draw at Norwich. Let’s see if the visit of Brighton to the Emirates bring any more cheer to Arsenal fans, and justifies the Seagulls’ faith in Potter.

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