Arsenal’s title aspirations suffered a big blow on Sunday evening, as they succumbed to a 3-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium in North London.
The best chance of the game in the first half arrived in the 42nd minute. Japanese star Kaoru Mitoma eased past Ben White and found Julio Enciso, but the teenager turned his effort over.
The Seagulls didn’t have to wait much longer for the breakthrough, as they got on the scoresheet in the 51st minute. The impressive Pervis Estupinan raced clear and delivered a cross into the box, which was headed in by Julio Enciso.
The game was effectively put to bed in the 86th minute, as a defensive mix-up from the Gunners saw Undav pounce and benefit to score the second for Brighton and Hove Albion.
Brighton still had time for a third, as Colombian international Pervis Estupinan scored late in injury time to seal the points for the visitors.
The Gunners laboured to find an equalizer, which failed to come as their lingering hopes to claim the 2022/2023 PL title may have finally been extinguished.
Mikel Arteta’s men remain four points behind table-toppers Manchester City, and have played a game more than the reigning champions. Only a miracle at this point can see Arsenal win the Premier League crown.
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FULL-TIME AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM: Arsenal 0-3 Brighton
GOOOAAALLL!!! Arsenal 0-3 Brighton (P. Estupinan)
90+3′ MIN: An initial shot is kept out by Aaron Ramsdale, but Pervis Estupinan fires home the rebound.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Arsenal 0-2 Brighton (Undav)
86′ MIN: Aaron Ramsdale dallies on the ball too long and substitute Undav capitalizes on the Gunners’ defensive mix-up to seal the win for the Seagulls.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Arsenal 0-1 Brighton (J. Enciso)
51′ MIN: Brighton have the opener as Pervis Estupinan volleys a cross into the ground and Julio Enciso is unmarked to head in from a few yards out.
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM: Arsenal 0-0 Brighton
HALF-TIME AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM: Arsenal 0-0 Brighton
KICK-OFF AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM: Arsenal 0-0 Brighton
The Gunners continue their quest for an unlikely Premier League title, as they welcome the Seagulls to North London. Mikel Arteta’s side impressed last time out with a 2-0 win away to Newcastle United at St. James’ Park, and a lot will be expected from the boys as they chase table-toppers Manchester City (who had won their fixture 3-0 earlier in the day away at Everton).
As for the visitors, a shocking outing saw them crumble 5-1 at the Amex Stadium to Everton. Manager Roberto de Zerbi revealed that his team would give the Gunners a big fight, as they continue their quest for a continental slot in Europe for next season.