Arsenal visited Brighton & Hove Albion on Boxing Day in the first of two away matches during the Premier League’s festive period.
Unai Emery’s team started the first half at a good tempo and were fluid in possession. The front three of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alex Lacazette and Mesut Ozil were connecting well and the chances started to arrive. Aubameyang tried a lob that almost beat Brighton goalkeeper Matt Ryan, but the Australian did well to get back and tip it over the bar. In the 7th minute, the Gabon international was given another chance to open the scoring, after excellent work by Lacazette, and he finished emphatically into the top corner. Once Arsenal had taken the lead, they continued to attack and they created various goalscoring opportunities throughout the first half. But one long ball by Brighton in a quick counter-attack put Locadia through, the forward raced onto the ball and finished well to equalise for the home team.
Arsenal made some tactical changes during the second half, but were unable to create the same quality of chances that they had made throughout the first half. Brighton had periods of pressure and created some chances of their own, but neither side were able to find a winner. Arsenal wanted the win, but had to settle for an away draw and they move to 38 points from 19 Premier League matches this season. The next challenge comes this Saturday; a trip to Anfield to play the Premier League leaders, Liverpool.