Further setback for Arsenal in the title race
Arsenal were defeated by Brighton at the Emirate Stadium as they crumbled in their chase for the Premier League title.
The Gunners keep the pressure on league-leading Manchester City, who are four points ahead of them, as they pursue the title. But City won the title thanks to their 3-0 defeat of Brighton.
As neither team was able to produce clear-cut opportunities, the first half of the game ended in a draw. Through goals from Julio Enciso, Deniz Undez, and Pervis Estupinan, Brighton ended the Gunners’ title hopes early in the second half.
Has it happened.
Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, made just one change to the team that defeated Newcastle at Saint James Park last week, while De Zerbi made four to the Everton-beating squad.
Julio Enciso easily maneuvered through the defense and fired a shot from just outside the box, giving Brighton the first opportunity of the game. Aaron Ramsdale made a fantastic save.
Leandro Trossard found enough room for himself to shoot from close range with power, but his effort ricocheted off the crossbar. Arsenal then had a chance of their own. The referee blew the halftime horn without either team managing to get on the board.
However, it was Brighton who scored the game’s first goal in the second half despite much greater intensity from both teams. To put the ball low inside the right post, Julio Enciso gets his head on a fantastic cross and latches onto it.
Deniz Undav picked up a pass, advanced to the edge of the box, and clipped a beautiful lob over the goalkeeper and into the open net in the 86th minute, capitalizing on a Trossard error.
Pervis Estupinan, who had received the ball in the box after it had broken, scored the third goal a short while later by firing the rebound inside the right post.
Due to this defeat, Man City now holds the lead with two games remaining, shattering Arsenal’s chances of winning the championship.