What better way to end 2022 than with a Premier League match pitting the English championship leader, putting on a show almost unrivaled since the start of the season, and an attractive formation that is also very playful? Not much, if you like football. This poster between Brighton and Arsenal, as the last match of the year 2022, has in any case kept all its promises. In the end, it was the Gunners who came out on top by winning against the men of Roberto De Zerbi (4-2), deprived of Caicedo (suspended) and Mac Allister (returning late from Qatar after his coronation in the 2022 World Cup).
Arsenal hit very fast and very hard
After a strong tribute to Brazilian legend Pelé, the match got off to a flying start. From the start, the Gunners cooled The AMEX thanks to the surgical realism of Bukayo Saka in the area (0-1, 2nd). Without a saving save from Robert Sanchez a few moments later against Zinchenko (4th), the break could even have been made very quickly. The Seagulls, the time to recover from this crushing blow, then gained confidence and displayed a more interesting face, in line with their recent performances, without however being really dangerous, except on a shot from Jesse March pushed back by Aaron Ramsdale (25th).
But Arsenal was able to let the storm pass to better hurt behind. After displaying all his technical class in the area for what could have been one of the goals of the year (20th), Martin Ødegaard, on the rebound from an attacking corner, placed his shot to double the lead (0 -2, 39th). Without forgetting that Thomas Partey was also very close to getting there (24th). Returning from the locker room, Mikel Arteta’s players did it again, hitting very quickly. In fox surfaces after a shot from Gabriel Martinelli repelled by Robert Sanchez, Eddie Nketiah pushed the leather into the back of the net to kill the suspense (0-3, 48th).
Brighton did not give up, the Gunners were hot
At least, that’s what we thought, while the Gunners, not far from putting the 4th through Gabriel (57th), were in perfect management of their times, strong as weak. But the London defense, as if destabilized after the outings of Olek Zinchenko (for Tierney) and Ben White (for Takehiro Tomiyasu), ended up giving in. Well found by Pascal Gross at the entrance to the surface, Kaoru Mitoma opened his foot to reduce the gap (1-3, 65th) and restore hope to the Brighton public.
It was without counting, once again, on the genius of the captain of Arsenal. With a devastating pass, Ødegaard launched in depth a Martinelli who was not asked to participate in the celebration and conclude this counter flash in style (1-4, 71st). But again, the Seagulls weren’t let down. The young Evan Ferguson took advantage of a good opening, but above all a hesitation from William Saliba to plant his first goal in the Premier League, from the height of his 18 years (2-4, 77th).
The good operation of the day for the troop of Arteta
Despite a tense end to the game during which Brighton put a lot of pressure on the opposing defense, Arsenal did not crack, despite a new goal from Itoma refused for an offside position after intervention by the VAR (90th ) and a tentavite captured by Ramsdale (90th + 4). The Gunners chained a fifth success in a row in the Premier League and carried out an excellent operation. After the underperformance of Manchester City and Newcastle earlier in the day, Arsenal (14 wins in 16 games) has a 7-point lead at the top of the English championship standings. Dreams are more than ever allowed for 2023.
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