As expected Arsenal came away with their sixth home win of the season after beating Brighton 2-0 yesterday. The win helped us move up to 5th in the league, level on points with Chelsea and with that being out fourth consecutive clean sheet in the Premier League, we look to be back on track after the initial scare in August.
Despite getting the three points though, there weren’t as many stand out players as usual but luckily there were still a few to pick from to give the man of the match.
Up first is Alex Iwobi. Playing behind the striker like he did against Chelsea, Iwobi played well going forward as he was able to keep the ball active in between the lines with his eye for a pass and quick feet in the first half before giving us the two-goal cushion we needed in the second half.
Playing particularly better in the second half, Alexis Sanchez helped us to secure yet another home win. Floating behind the main striker he was increasingly harder to mark as the game went on and managed to ghost past the Brighton players on a few occasions as well as doing well to be able to move the ball in and around the box, especially when he fooled the Brighton defence with a backheel which put Iwobi one-one with the keeper for a routine finish.
If you take his recent performances into consideration, yesterday’s man of the match might not be as surprising as it may seem at first. Nacho Monreal has made the left side of our back three his own in recent weeks and did so again against Brighton.
He was very consistent in defence but was seen more in the middle of the park as we dominated possession, whether it was to keep things ticking over or putting balls in behind for Kolasinac, Monreal did very well in possession as well as getting himself a goal with a right footed volley after 15 minutes.