Arsenal got away with it yesterday as Brighton could have easily put two or three goals past Aaron Ramsdale. But they didn’t so spoils were shared when Jon Moss blew the final whistle.
So many things were off at The Amex. Our passing wasn’t good, Auba wasn’t really in the game, Tomiyasu Takehiro struggled and at times, Mikel Arteta’s team looked disorganised and all over the place. Aaron Ramsdale pulled off a fantastic save late in the game but other than that, bad things outdid the good.
If Arsenal want to win matches like yesterday’s against organised teams, they really need to be doing more and certainly giving a lot more. The weather conditions were awful but that didn’t stop Brighton from zipping the ball around, or shooting, or finding a teammate with a pass.
An early chance created and taken by Bukayo Saka was saved easily by Sanchez in the Brighton goal but after that, it was all Brighton really. Thankfully though, their finishing was dire. Aaron Ramsdale had a dodgy moment when he spilled the ball but Dunk smashed the loose ball high over the bar. Thomas Partey lined up a free kick but sent it just wide. Apart from Aubameyang heading against the woodwork, that was about it from Arsenal.
The second half wasn’t much better as far as Arsenal are concerned. ESR managed a shot on target which was easily saved before later being bundled over the box but Moss and VAR weren’t interested. The best moment for an Arsenal player came towards the end when Aaron Ramsdale made sure his teammates left the south coast with a point with a good save from a Solly March shot.
Mikel Arteta said there would be bumps in Arsenal’s journey. Yesterday was one of them, or at least I hope that’s all it was. For all the good fortune Brighton might have had so far this season which has seen them win matches, it ran out yesterday. They were by far the better team on the day but they came up against a strong central defensive pairing with a goalkeeper to match. Plus, they couldn’t hit a barn door, their problem not ours.
By the end of the game, the stats were the same for both teams as far as shots on target go. Two! Graham Potter’s team had another hundred or so off target but Arsenal didn’t really create much at all. As said earlier, Aubameyang had one of those afternoons where he wasn’t really in the game and I’m surprised he wasn’t oiked off earlier than he was.
Anyway, we took a point from a game we could and probably should have lost so that’s a positive in my opinion. Another positive is that according to Mikel Arteta, Bukayo Saka took a knock but he should be fine.
Lastly, as the men huffed and puffed a bit in the rain, there were no such problems for the women. Aston Villa held on until half-time but during the second half, captain Kim Little scored her 150th and 151st goal for the club. Mana Iwabuchi and Katie McCabe scored the other two. The perfect start to the season continues for Jonas Eidevall’s team.
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