Arsenal 1-2 Brighton: Gunners booed off as Freddie Ljungberg fails to spark revival


ARSENAL 1-2 BRIGHTON | WEBSTER (36), LACAZETTE (50), MAUPAY (80)

Brighton’s first-half pressure paid off in the 36th minute when centre back Webster pounced on the ball as it came loose after a corner, poking home past Bernd Leno to give the visitors the lead.

Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette equalised five minutes into the second half with a high looping header from a Mesut Ozil corner which bounced in off the far post.

The home side briefly thought they had taken the lead when David Luiz shanked the ball home from a free kick, only for the Brazilian to be found clearly offside by VAR.

Instead, Brighton’s Maupay headed a cross from Aaron Mooy into the far corner past Leno in the 80th minute to give manager Graham Potter’s side a historic win in north London.

Arsenal now sit 10th in the table on 19 points, with Brighton a single point behind and three places below them in 13th.

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

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

  • Adam Webster opens the scoring, reacting quickest to a loose ball after a corner
  • Freddie Ljungberg brings on Nicolas Pepe at the break, Joe Willock taken off
  • Alexandre Lacazette’s brings Arsenal level on his 100th appearance for the Gunners
  • Neal Maupay restores Brighton’s lead, heading home Aaron Mooy cross

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ARSENAL 1-2 BRIGHTON

FT: Freddie Ljungberg loses his second match in charge of Arsenal as Brighton recored their first every away victory against the Gunners. Goals from Adam Webster and Neal Maupay were enough to shoot down the Gunners, who are being booed off the field.

94: That must be the final chance of the game. Granit Xhaka loses possession around the halfway line and substitute Leandro Trossard scampers away. He beats one… two… three defenders before blasting over the crossbar.

92: Arsenal supporters are heading for the exits. The atmosphere is completely flat as their side drift from left to right trying to penetrate this wall of black shirts.

90: Wide! Nicolas Pepe wins the battle but drills it wide of the target via a deflection. A deflection I didn’t actually see. Anyway, Brighton hoof it into orbit. Four minutes of added time.

89: Need to protect a lead in the dying seconds? Send for Shane Duffy! The towering centre-back replaces Steven Alzate.

Danger! Now, Arsenal have a free-kick in a central position just outside the penalty area. They are queuing up to take this one with Nicolas Pepe and David Luiz standing over the ball.

86: Close! Gabriel Martinelli glances Kieran Tierney’s cross towards the far corner but there’s Mat Ryan to claw the ball away.

83: How’s the response from Arsenal been? I’ll tell you when it happens. Been all Brighton since the goal.

ARSENAL 1-2 BRIGHTON | MAUPAY

80: GOAL! Brighton are back in front! They are on the verge of their first ever win away to Arsenal!

Aaron Mooy strides down the left channel, weaving away from his marker before sending in a low cross for Neal Maupay, who gets away from David Luiz and glances a header into the far corner. Emirates falls silent.

77: Welcome to the game, Gabriel Martinelli. The Brazilian is on the field for less than 30 seconds before Adam Webster bundles him to the deck.

75: Dunk, Webster and Burn all trundle up field as Brighton win a corner with 15 minutes left on the clock. Dan Burn wins the header but can’t force Bernd Leno into action.

Aaron Connolly off, Martin Montoya on. That’s a defender for a striker. Gabriel Martinelli on for Alexandre Lacazette, who applauds the fans but doesn’t look thrilled to be taken off.

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73: Brighton manager Graham Potter will have to consider a tactical tweak soon. Arsenal are piling on the pressure and his side can’t hold on to the ball in midfield. Sead Kolasinac is replaced by Kieran Tierney.

70: OK, 20 minutes left at the Emirates and it’s on a knife-edge as Mesut Ozil fires wide of the target from distance. Good connection with his right boot.

67: Big defending from Steven Alzate! Nicolas Pepe toys with his marker before setting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang free with a cracking forward pass. The Gabon international attempts to weave past Alzate but the Brighton man stands firm.

David Luiz and Pascal Gross have both been booked in this half.

64: Disallowed! David Luiz wheels away in celebration as he drills home a Mesut Ozil free-kick. The problem is that he’s about two-yards offside – as are three other Arsenal players.

61: Brighton come again. Aaron Mooy gets a shot away as the Seagulls regroup but it’s blocked for a corner. Moments later Neal Maupay collects Davy Propper’s cross but a crowd of Arsenal bodies get it behind for a corner, which is cleared.

58: Funny that all the pictures of the Arsenal equaliser show Sead Kolasinac running back to the halfway line with the ball. I think he thinks he got the final touch. I’m afraid you didn’t, Sead. And that’s great news for my Fantasy Football fortunes.

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55: Haven’t seen anything from Brighton as an attacking force. The visitors aren’t winning second balls or testing David Luiz and Sokratis. Feels like a matter of time before the Gunners grab a second.

53: Well it’s ALL Arsenal now. The Gunners are playing everything down the right channel with Nicolas Pepe and Hector Bellerin causing Dan Burn all sorts of problems. The Spaniard bursts into the box and fires across goal but there’s nobody in a red shirt to turn it home.

ARSENAL 1-1 BRIGHTON | LACAZETTE

50: GOAL! Arsenal are level at the Emirates – and it’s Alexandre Lacazette with the goal on his 100th appearance for the Gunners.

Mesut Ozil swings a corner into the middle where the Frenchman rises highest to glance the ball up and over Mat Ryan. Sead Kolasinac challenges for it at the back post and may have impeded the goalkeeper – but he didn’t get a touch and the goal stands.

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48: Looks a mismatch on that Arsenal right-hand side. The penny has finally dropped that 6″7 Dan Burn isn’t exactly the quickest – or a natural left-back come to think of it. Corner to Arsenal.

47: Nicolas Pepe has already brightened up this Arsenal performance. He plays a neat one-two with Mesut Ozil before Aaron Mooy snuffs out the danger. The corner comes to nothing but the supporters are right up for this now.

ARSENAL 0-1 BRIGHTON

45: And we’re back underway folks. Freddie Ljungberg’s going to need a response tonight or Arsenal might have to draft an interim in for their interim! Either that or the board could get their act together and appoint a permanent manager. Just a thought…

Ljungberg brings on Nicolas Pepe at the break, Joe Willock taken off.

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Twitter reaction

GFFN: Freddie Ljungberg learning what happens to Arsenal when you take out the only consistently accurate link between deep midfield & attack in Matteo Guendouzi. Also experiencing the waspish high press of Neal Maupay.

Sully: I’m sick to death with us playing players out of position. It’s like an old boys club! One of the best strikers in Europe playing right wing. One of the best playmakers stuck out on the left. With our record signing winger on the bench! Sorry but Freddie is not ready.

Sam: Freddie Ljungberg is worse than I anticipated. Horrible team selection second game running. What have we done to deserve this.

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ARSENAL 0-1 BRIGHTON

HT: LOL! Sorry but you have to laugh as Sokratis Papastathopoulos (booked) dives in wildly on Aaron Connolly but stubs his toe in the ground and bundles into the Brighton star. It comes to nothing and the half-time whistle blows. The Gunners have been dreadful.

44: Neal Maupay is livid with Aaron Connolly! The 19-year-old talent breaks clear and has a simple pass to his right but dithers and David Luiz intercepts for a corner. Only Norwich (10) have conceded the first goal in more Premier League games than Arsenal (9) this season.

42: Save! Massive, massive save from Mat Ryan! Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang does a couple of stepovers before swinging a lovely cross into the middle. Joe Willock arrives unmarked inside the six-yard box and heads into the ground and Ryan saves with his legs.

39: Simply no urgency or reaction from Arsenal, who are a touch fortunate not to have fallen further behind as Aaron Mooy’s pass is overcooked.

ARSENAL 0-1 BRIGHTON | WEBSTER

36: GOAL! Completely and utterly deserved from Brighton, who have NEVER beaten Arsenal in an away fixture.

Dan Burn heads Pascal Gross’ corner into the ground and Aaron Connolly twists and turns inside the area. He loses the ball but there’s defender Adam Webster to thrash the ball beyond a helpless and unsighted Bernd Leno.

35: Save! Brighton try to perform the same routine that caught Arsenal cold against Southampton with a quickly taken set-piece. Neal Maupay drives forward unopposed before forcing a good stop from Bernd Leno. The German comes up trumps again a few moments later against Davy Propper.

33: Alan Shearer getting pretty animated about Arsenal’s display. He’s baffled at how slow their approach play has been and how little pressing it happening. He’s also just reprimanded Brighton for taking a short free-kick routine when they had all their giants in the penalty area.

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30: I will say that Brighton are employing the dark arts at the Emirates this evening. Plenty of shirt tugging inside the penalty area that Graham Scott has left unpunished.

28: Close! The Arsenal fans appreciated that move as Alexandre Lacazette receives the ball with his back to goal. The Frenchman finds Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose dragged effort dribbles wide of the target.

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25: Some more nice stuff from Brighton. Neal Maupay drives through the heart of the Arsenal midfield before David Luiz knocks it behind for a corner. The ball is driven fiercely back across goal and Connolly somehow doesn’t make a connection from point-blank range. It’s all Brighton here folks!

22: Now what’s happening here? Graham Scott has booked Hector Bellerin for blocking the run of Aaron Connolly right on the edge of the penalty area. It goes to VAR to double check it wasn’t inside… and the free-kick stands.

This is right on the line – perhaps too close to get it up and down again. Pascal Gross takes it… blocked! The wall does its job with Lucas Torreira behind it on his knees to stop any cheeky low effort.

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19: Aaron Connolly tests Bernd Leno with a cheeky curling effort from the edge of the penalty area. The German stopper gathers gratefully with Neal Maupay lurking nearby.

16: Brighton just starting to get their foot on the ball and silence this already tame Arsenal crowd. No clear-cut chances to speak of.

13: Close! Human giant Dan Burn manages to clear a Mesut Ozil behind for a corner. Alexandre Lacazette is complaining about being pushed inside the penalty area but the referee isn’t interested. We’ve just seen a replay and Pascal Gross defiantly had a grip on the Frenchman’s arm.

10: Clive Tyldesley and Alan Shearer together on commentary together this evening. I’ve no idea how the combination has happened – but I already can’t imagine my life without it.

8: Hector Bellerin and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang combine nicely down the left with the Spaniard continuing his run to the byline. The corner is won but one of those Brighton giants deals with it.

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5: I thought this was going to be a typically cagey and tight match tonight. The early evidence suggests it’s the complete opposite. So open.

3: Just an early indication of what’s coming for those Arsenal centre-backs as Pascal Gross looks to loop a ball straight down the middle for Aaron Connolly. Leno and David Luiz get themselves in a muddle but it’s cleared.

The Gunners respond at the other end as Alexandre Lacazette’s deflected pass nearly drops kindly for Joe Willock.

ARSENAL 0-0 BRIGHTON

1: And we’re underway! I should mention that this match is technically sold out, according to Arsenal. However, I can still see plenty of empty seats on this cold Thursday evening. Freddie Ljungberg emerges from the tunnel wearing a massive black coat – so I can’t see if he’s wearing a suit. A suit that would make Paul Scholes very happy indeed…

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Potter’s wary

20:00: Brighton boss Graham Potter admitted he is wary of facing the unknown tonight.

Freddie Ljungberg will be in charge of the Gunners for the first time at home after stepping in as caretaker following the sacking of Unai Emery on Friday, having taken a point from his first match – a 2-2 draw at Norwich on Sunday.

And the changes at the Emirates have made it harder for Potter to draw up his own plans for Thursday’s match.

“Arsenal are going through a transition after losing Mr (Arsene) Wenger, who had been there for over 20 years, and results haven’t gone as they would’ve liked with their previous coach,” Potter said.

“But they’re still a top club with high-quality footballers and they will be looking for a positive reaction. Freddie Ljungberg is in charge and knows the game well, so we’re expecting another difficult contest.”

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Big hungry animal…

19:30: Oh he’s got a way with words does Alan Pardew…

Asked about the sacking of Everton boss Marco Silva, the Amazon Prime pundit said: “The Media is like a big hungry animal, chasing you down the road.” Thanks, Alan!

Later he was asked if he fancied the position, and Pardew replied: “Of course, but I probably won’t make the betting list. David Moyes is a good fit for Everton right now. There’s a lot of problems there with no cohesion. They are in danger of being in a relegation scrap and David knows everybody. There are a lot of managers, like myself, who could do that kind of job.”

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Twitter reaction

Jon: If Arsenal could take the Belgium duo Martinez and Henry that would be perfect. Someone who knows the club to support someone who’s been a class manager for a long time.

Rezza: Arsenal can get Ancelotti, Simeone or Allegri but the fact is those centre backs are unmanageable. The new manager will need a new backline.

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Shambhawi: Arsenal should go for Poch – proven pedigree in the Premier League, nice attacking football, I’m sure he would bring his own defensive enforcements if he is approached.

Have to say I agree with Shambhawi. Surely he should be the top target for everyone…

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Team news

19:25: Arsenal interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg made three changes for his first home game in charge as Brighton visited the Emirates Stadium.

Club-record signing Nicolas Pepe remained among the substitutes with Hector Bellerin and Sokratis Papastathopoulos back in the side and Lucas Torreira recalled into midfield.

Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers and Matteo Guendouzi made way after starting the 2-2 draw at Norwich as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang captained the Gunners.

Brighton boss Graham Potter, who won on his last visit to Arsenal as manager of Swedish outfit Ostersunds, made two alterations as Neal Maupay and Steven Alzate were recalled from the team that narrowly lost at Liverpool.

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Breaking: Marco Silva sacked!

19:20: Everton manager Marco Silva has been relieved of his duties with David Moyes favourite to take temporary charge at Goodison Park.

The Toffees lost 5-2 to their arch-rivals in the Merseyside derby last night, which proved to be the final straw for the board after weeks of deliberation.

Silva was at the Finch Farm training ground earlier today and was relieved of his duties in a meeting with majority owner Farhad Moshiri, Bill Kenwright and director of football Marcel Brands.

The players were informed of the club’s decision after training today and former Everton boss David Moyes is the favourite to take over. He’s priced at 2/5 with Betfair.

Other candidates include Eddie Howe (12/1), Mikel Arteta (8/1), Leonardo Jardim (14/1) and Erik ten Hag (20/1), but a caretaker boss is expected to be in charge for Saturday’s match against Chelsea.

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The starting XI…

19:15: Hector Bellerin, Sokratis and Lucas Torreira all start for Arsenal. There’s no Mustafi in the squad.

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

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

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

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

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‘We need to be consistent’

19:10: Never a truer word spoken.

Arsenal defender David Luiz talking to Amazon Prime: “We need to be consistent. We need a new oxygen and try to win some games. The new manager did very well in the last game, he tried to bring our happiness and play football in the right way.

“Sometimes that is not beautiful football, it is trying to win the game.”

Elsewhere tonight

19:05 As you’ll know, Arsenal vs Brighton isn’t the only ticket in town. There’s also some Premier League action going on in Yorkshire as high-flying Sheffield United welcome Newcastle to Bramall Lane.

Surprise team news sees Andy Carroll make his first start for Newcastle in 8 years and 11 months, since 2-0 away defeat to Tottenham on 28th December 2010. What a time to be alive.

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Evening…

19:00 Hello everyone and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Arsenal vs Brighton from the Emirates Stadium.

Strictly speaking, Arsenal should have an advantage tonight with their love of Thursday night football.

And that’ll be good news for interim manager Freddie Ljungberg, who is looking for the first win of his Arsenal tenure.

Gunners supporters will expect a win given Brighton’s rotten record in this fixture. The Seagulls’ eight fixtures at the Emirates have resulted in six losses and two draws, by an aggregate score of 17-2.

Team news and line ups coming shortly. Standby…

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ARSENAL vs BRIGHTON

Hector Bellerin’s hamstring injury will be assessed ahead of Freddie Ljungberg’s first home game in interim charge of Arsenal.

Brighton are the visitors to the Emirates Stadium as Ljungberg looks to build on a 2-2 draw at Norwich on Sunday.

Bellerin has missed the last two games but could return against the Seagulls, while fellow Spaniard Dani Ceballos is definitely missing with his own hamstring complaint.

Brighton will be able to call on Bernado at the Emirates Stadium.

The left-back has not played since August due to a knee injury but is back in training.

Solly March (groin) and Jose Izquierdo (knee) miss out.

Arsenal provisional squad: Leno, Martinez, Bellerin, Chambers, Mustafi, Holding, Papastathopoulos, Luiz, Kolasinac, Tierney, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Torreira, Willock, Maitland-Niles, Ozil, Pepe, Saka, Nelson, Lacazette, Aubameyang, Martinelli.

Brighton provisional squad: Ryan, Button, Dunk, Webster, Montoya, Burn, Stephens, Bissouma, Bernardo, Gross, Mooy, Propper, Connolly, Duffy, Schelotto, Maupay, Trosard, Murray, Alzate



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