Goals from Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi was enough for Arsenal to clinch a victory over a fighting Brighton side as the Premier League resumed in Sunday lunch time at the Emirates Stadium. The win takes Arsenal six points from the top spot as the October International break approaches.
Arsene Wenger named a strong squad and only Shkodran Mustafi started from that team, along with Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal in defense in the absence of Laurent Koscielny. Cech came back to goal while Lacazette also started. It was more of a 4-5-1 from Chris Hughton’s Brighton side who had their ambitions limited.
Arsenal were decent in the opening exchanges and Lacazette hit the post within first 65 seconds. The home side piled pressure on the nervy defense of the Seagulls and got the result on 16th minute when Monreal pounced from a Mustafi shot that was blocked as Arsenal took the lead. Arsenal’s new man Lacazette had another chance to double the lead but his shot was straight to the keeper.
Nacho Monreal opened the scoring at the Emirates
After the break, it was more of Arsenal going forward and Brighton just sitting deep that eventually resulted a second goal for the Gunners on 56th minute, when Sanchez set up Nigerian Alex Iwobi from a superb back heel, and the young Nigerian International made no mistake to score.
In the flag end, the hosts had few more chances but none of them yielded a goal but in the end Arsenal were victorious with a comfortable 2-0 margin and that takes them to 13 points in matches.
- This was Arsenal’s 6th home win this season and they continue their 100% record at home.
- The Gunners have now not conceded in their last 4 league matches since that defeat at Anfield.
- This was Arsenal’s 9th straight home victory in the Premier League.
- Arsene Wenger got the better of the 45th club in the Premier League, most by any manager ever.
- Nacho Monreal scored in a league game for the Gunners for the first time since 2013, when he scored at Swansea.
Nacho Monreal making it 1-0