Arsenal 2-0 Brighton: Gunners ease to win

  • Monreal opens scoring
  • Gulls with one shot on target
  • Arsenal attempts 24 shots

Nacho Monreal‘s first Premier League goal since 2013 led Arsenal to a 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Alex Iwobi also scored for Arsenal, who rises fifth with 13 points. Brighton remains 14th with seven.

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Brighton got its first scare thanks to a powerful inside-out rip from Lacazette, a 2nd minute shot firing off the right post.

Five minutes later, Alexis Sanchez bounced a long shot to Mathew Ryan.

An air of inevitability surrounded the opener, as Shkrodan Mustafi’s shot was cleared off the line and a second blocked shot came to Monreal for a right-footed finish.

The Gulls found their way to the goal post when a short-played free kick set up Solly March for a left-footed blast and Lewis Dunk was off-balance when he chopped at the rebound.

Lacazette stayed lively and forced Ryan to stoop for a save after the half-hour mark.

A lightning counter attack from Arsenal in the 42nd minute, spearheaded by Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin, ended with Ryan stopping Aaron Ramsey with a right leg save.

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An outstanding pass from Alexis Sanchez cued Iwobi up for the second goal, snapping a second half lull.

Lewis Dunk slid to just deter a Sanchez shot, and Sead Kolasinac‘s header on the ensuing corner was cleared off the line.