Don’t miss out on the complete playback and highlights of the Arsenal vs Brighton & Hove Albion matchup. The match took place during the England Premier League 2023/2024 season, specifically on Matchday 17. The action kicked off at 14:00 GMT on Sunday, Dec 17, 2023.
The game was officiated by Tim Robinson from England and was held at the Emirates Stadium in London.
Arsenal vs Brighton & Hove Albion Full Match Reports
Arsenal secured their seventh consecutive victory at the Emirates Stadium with a 2-0 triumph over Brighton & Hove Albion, propelling them to the summit of the Premier League table. Gabriel Jesus and Kai Havertz found the net to seal the win.
In the initial half, the hosts asserted complete dominance, holding Brighton at bay as the visitors failed to register a single shot on goal, contrasting with Arsenal’s 15 attempts. Martin Ødegaard’s early effort curled just wide, and Gabriel Martinelli squandered a golden opportunity after Bart Verbruggen’s attempt to smother Bukayo Saka’s pass left the Brazilian with an open goal, only for him to fire over. Despite the frustration, it was a positive half for the Gunners.
The second half mirrored the first, with Arsenal persistently probing until they finally broke the deadlock. Gabriel Jesus capitalized on a set piece, heading home from Saka’s corner in the 53rd minute. A corner from the opposite end nearly doubled Arsenal’s lead, but Lewis Dunk’s clearance off the line denied them. Birthday celebrant Ødegaard had a chance to make it 2-0, but Verbruggen thwarted him once again.
While the narrow margin kept Brighton in contention, their chances were nearly dashed when Pascal Groß missed Kauro Mitoma’s dangerous cross. In the closing minutes of regular time, Arsenal sealed the points as Kai Havertz netted his fourth goal in seven matches, lashing the ball into the corner after capitalizing on Eddie Nketiah’s through pass.
This victory broke Arsenal’s three-match losing streak at home to Brighton in all competitions, marking a significant turnaround. On the flip side, Brighton struggled to make an impact, managing just one shot on target. The defeat saw them drop to ninth place in the table.
Man of the Match: Bukayo Saka (Arsenal).