PREMIER LEAGUE: Arsenal seven points clear at top with win over Brighton


Arsenal put more distance between themselves and Man City at the top of the table with a 4-2 win over Brighton

Having been on top on Christmas Day for the first time in 15 years, the momentum was firmly behind Mikel Arteta and his men.

Arsenal started with impressive speed as they looked to reach Brighton early and it paid off after just 70 seconds. Bukayo Saka reacted quickly to a rebound and fired in the opener to score Arsenal’s fastest Premier League away goal since May 2013.

The Gunners’ lead would be doubled before half-time by virtue of some brilliant play by Martin Odegaard, as the captain fired his shot from inside the box after Brighton failed to clear their lines.

Arsenal entered the second half on the rise and extended their lead almost immediately after the restart.

Eddie Nketiah found himself on the tail end of a rebound following a brilliant team play at left wing, and the striker took advantage to give the Gunners a 3-goal lead.

Despite all their struggles in the competition, Brighton never lacked for faith or fight, which was evident when Kaoru Mitoma hit what seemed like a consolation shortly after the hour mark.

However, Arsenal were in no mood for a comeback and restored their three-goal lead moments later through Gabriel Martinelli, when the Brazilian ran behind before firing a low effort through Robert Sánchez.

Brighton just kept fighting. Evan Ferguson reduced the deficit again, scoring his first Premier League goal, and the 18-year-old forced William Saliba into a mistake before getting past Ramsdale.

There was more fear in store for Arsenal when Mitoma scored yet again in the closing stages, but a VAR review showed the Japan international was offside.

Arsenal are now unbeaten in each of their last 10 league games and are looking to end a 19-year wait to be crowned champions.


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