Arsenal 2-0 Brighton: Five Things We Learned

On Arsene Wenger’s 21st anniversary at the club, Arsenal beat Brighton 2-0 at the Emirates to go level on points with Chelsea. Here are five things we learned.

Good week for Nacho Monreal

In the 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at the start of the week, Nacho Monreal produced a fantastic goal-line clearance, with both feet off the ground, in the first half. Arsenal played their third game of the week against Brighton and Nacho Monreal was on hand to score the first goal, his first Premier League goal since March 2013. It even seems like he predicted it would happen!

Alexis Sanchez doing what he does best

It was well documented over the summer that Manchester City wanted Alexis Sanchez and he wanted to move. However, Arsene Wenger stood firm and Arsenal refused to sell. Sanchez has seemed uninterested in recent weeks but his performance against Brighton proved that he still cares.

The Chilean’s superb backheel for Alex Iwobi which resulted in Arsenal’s second goal was something really special. Since 2016-17, Alexis Sanchez has been involved in 35 PL goals (24 goals 11 assists), more than any other Arsenal player. He’ll probably only be at Arsenal for the remainder of the season, but, as usual, he’ll be a crucial player.

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Arsenal’s remarkable record continues

The Gunners are now unbeaten in 32 games against newly-promoted sides (W27, D5). Their last defeat against a side who came up from the Championship occurred when they lost 2-1 at Loftus Road to QPR in March 2012.

Alexandre Lacazette gets subbed yet again

There has been a regular pattern for Alexandre Lacazette this season. Arsenal have played seven Premier League games this season and Lacazette has only completed the full 90 minutes on one occasion, the first game of the season against Leicester in August.

Only Arsene Wenger knows the reason for this. Lacazette is accustomed to the Premier League now so Wenger can’t use that an excuse. For the first home game this season, Lacazette didn’t score. Perhaps if Wenger had left him on, he would have got his customary goal.

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Arsene Wenger the record breaker

Arsene Wenger joined Arsenal in October 1996, 21 years ago and today he broke another record. He has now won a Premier League game against 45 different teams – one more than Sir Alex Ferguson. This means he has the outright Premier League record for a manager.

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