Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Arsenal - Football Match Report - December 26, 2018

Arsenal have been held to a 1-1 draw with Brighton on Wednesday as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener was cancelled out by Jurgen Locadia, which means the Gunners have managed only one win of their previous 4 matches throughout all competitions.

Manchester Metropolis’s defeat at Leicester earlier within the day meant victory at Amex would have introduced Unai Emery’s males to inside 4 factors of the reigning champions — and reestablish an eight level lead over sixth-place Manchester United.

They usually confirmed their intent from kick off as they took the lead after simply seven minutes. Alexandre Lacazette sucked in 5 Brighton defenders to create house for Aubameyang, who opened up his physique to fireplace into the far nook.

The Gabon ahead’s purpose noticed him grow to be the outright Premier League main marksman with 13, having gone into the match stage with Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane.

Regardless of Arsenal dominating possession, Brighton ahead Glenn Murray thought he had equalised on 25 minutes when he challenged goalkeeper Bernd Leno, with the ball crossing the road. Nevertheless, the referee adjudged Murray won the ball unfairly when he knocked it out of the previous Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper’s palms.

The incident appeared to galvanise the house facet, who have been significantly better and did get their purpose 10 minutes later.

Brighton gamers have fun after Jurgen Locadia’s equaliser in opposition to Arsenal. GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Pictures

Defending a nook, Brighton’s Davy Propper cleared the ball lengthy and Arsenal defender Stephan Lichtsteiner’s tried header served as an ideal flick-on for Locadia, who rounded Leno earlier than slotting into the empty internet.

Emery changed Mesut Ozil with Alex Iwobi at first of the second half as he went in the hunt for a winner.

However, whereas Arsenal continued to dominate possession, they failed to create many clear reduce possibilities, and had to depend on Leno to preserve the rating stage.

Solly March was offered with an opportunity when despatched by means of on purpose on 77 minutes, however his tried lob over Mathew Ryan was too excessive.

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