Arsenal continued its recent decline at the conclusion of the 2021-22 Premier League season with a disappointing 2-1 loss to its guest Emirates against visiting Brighton, which left Arsenal in danger of falling three points behind their arch-rivals Tottenham. The race for the last place in the Champions League.
Arsenal lose against Crystal Palace and Brighton in a week.
Their hopes for the top four are fading fast 👋 pic.twitter.com/nOLvw81R13
– B/R Football (brfootball) April 9, 2022
The North London giants were second for the vast majority of the afternoon game, at one point trailing 2-0, but they almost fell behind for a point. A disallowed goal by Gabriel Martinelli and second-half substitute Eddie Nketiah out of the woodwork, although it probably summed up the entire day. Brighton will draw confidence from this performance as their drive to finish the first half will be greatly enhanced by two great efforts from Leandro Trossard and Enock Mwepu on either side of the first half.
Aaron Ramsdale (6) – She cannot be held accountable for any of Brighton’s goals. Decent performance but it wasn’t his usual larger-than-life goal.
Cedric Soares (6.5) – The Portugal international continues to make good transitions in the role of deputy behind Takehiro Tomiyasu. It was okay.
Ben White (6) – Well, honestly, we couldn’t have done much to deal with the ease with which Brighton entered the box at times.
Gabriel Magalhaes (6) – Similar to his international partner in England. Many of the issues hardly belong to them. It was okay.
Granite Shaka (5.5) – He helped the goal and was much better in the second half, but as a left-back, Xhaka is a shadow of the player he is to the club when in midfield.
Sambi Lukonga (6) – Difficult performance to measure. He has tried to position himself in the right path but it is clear that Lokonga is not ready to be trusted as the first choice.
Emile Smith Rowe (6) – A small part Smith Rowe performed since he was assigned the role of day rater in the middle of the park.
Martin Odegaard (7) – He found what was almost a vital goal in the final minutes of the match and was, like Saka, one of the only players to give an all-around performance.
Bukayo Saka (7) – Despite the lack of a final product, Saka was one of the few players to make an appearance throughout the entire match for Arsenal. An indication of its importance.
Gabriel Martinelli (6.5) – Lively as always and bothered himself throughout the afternoon. He would no doubt be sad to see his equalizer slipped offside.
Alexandre Lacazette (6) – He may be talented, but the frustration lingers – while the Frenchman can bring others around him – sometimes you just need your attacker to score.
Eddie Nketia (surrendered at 62; 6.5) – He hit the woodwork after he came in and was generally pretty good because it often proved to be a secondary effect.
Nicholas Pepe (Replaced in the 74th; 6th minute) – She came but was involved in little except for a handful of efforts that did not bring the desired result.
Robert Sanchez (7) – He was well between the sticks which included a very good late save to keep Arsenal away.
Joel Feltman (7) – One of the leaders in Interventions (3) for Brighton today, the Dutchman put in a solid performance overall.
Louis Dunk (6.5) – A rock in the back for a seagull although perhaps not the real strength he was able to show. It was decent overall, though.
Mark Cucurella (7) – Strong on both ends of the field today and remains one of Brighton’s unsung heroes this season under Graham Potter.
Pascal Gross (6) – Often deputizing for the right, it is clear that he remains a central player despite his work ethic. Well at best.
ENOC Mwepo (8.5) – Really MotM performance from Summer Signature. He was always present in all areas of the pitch and ended his day with a great goal.
Yves Bisoma (7) – Good overall performance from the main central character of Brighton. Taken off due to confinement but it was as strong as ever.
Moises Caicedo (7) – Powerful outing from the midfielder who, along with Mwaibo and Bassuma, has already frustrated Arsenal’s engine room throughout.
Leandro Trossard (7.5) – He scored a superb goal to give Brighton the lead in the first half and always provided an outlet to connect as play went on. Very good performance.
Danny Welbeck (7) – Impressive peak today alongside Mac Allister and he showed a real desire to be the focal point of the attack in just a few clips. spine ever.
Alexis MacAlister (6) – He should have done a better job of deciding in a few important moments and trying to link up in midfield by backing away more often, but that was fine.
Adam Lallana (Replaced in the 74th minute; 5) – Although he only got about 20 minutes, it barely affected the actions.
Tariq Lamptey (Replaced in the 77th minute; 5.5) – Try to prop things up and maybe put some threat on the table. Did not contribute much.
Adam Webster (Replaced at 85th minute; not applicable) – He entered the final stage of the match.
What did they say
🗣️ “We were filthy…” #AFC President Mikel Arteta says his team didn’t have the “courage” to attack the way it wanted #BAFC 🔴 pic.twitter.com/tHjYUxcHJ0
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 as his team beat Arsenal 2-1 in the UAE. pic.twitter.com/1kb2cJ1UOB
– Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 9, 2022
what you missed
Arsenal’s goal was ruled out due to ‘indisputable evidence’ of him being offside. pic.twitter.com/LioXlMXRsM
– Daily AFC (DailyAFC) April 9, 2022
You don’t think Arsenal particularly deserve a draw but if the VAR takes that long to decide… that’s the definition of ‘level’ for me, but I don’t think the concept of ‘level’ exists anymore.
– Sam Dean (@SamJDean) April 9, 2022
H/T: 1-0 Brighton.
Terrible half of Arsenal. However, it must be said, if it takes you this long to try and figure out if someone’s foot is offside, should you really rule out a target? Clearly, they weren’t sure where he was going in all of these replays.
– Charles Watts (@charles_watts) April 9, 2022
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|6||West Ham United team||31||15th||6||10||51||40||11||51|
|13||Brighton and Hove Albion||30||7||13||10||26||36||-10||34|
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