Arsenal suffered their second defeat in a row in the Premier League today, this time a 2-1 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion at the Emirates Stadium.
Goals from Leandro Trossard and Enock Mwepu gave the visitors a two-goal lead. Martin Odegaard pulled one back for us late in the game, but that wasn’t enough to rescue a point.
Here are five things we learned from the defeat at the Emirates…
Five things we learned as Arsenal lose 2-1 to Brighton today
Champions League blow
Arsenal were the favourites to finish fourth just a few weeks ago but two defeats this week, first to Crystal Palace and now against Brighton, has made things much more difficult.
We are currently fifth in the league table, level on points with Spurs, but Antonio Conte’s men will now fancy themselves much more than they did a few weeks ago.
Mikel Arteta had to make a decision at left-back and he decided to go with Granit Xhaka.
The Swiss international didn’t have a bad game by any means, but his presence in Kieran Tierney’s position made us miss him in the middle of the park.
We just couldn’t get going without a solid midfield in the first half and that proved to be costly in the end.
Odegaard too deep
One of the biggest reasons why Martin Odegaard has been so good this season is because he was given the freedom to do what he does best in the attacking third.
Today, he was asked to be a lot more positionally disciplined, and that meant he had no control over the game at all. Arsenal, unsurprisingly, struggled as a result, and we simply can’t let that happen again.
Too little, too late
It’s not like we didn’t try to win today but we only saw the real Arsenal in the final 10 minutes of the game.
We managed to score a goal, hit the post twice and even managed to create a couple of chances that would’ve gone in on another day. If only we started the game that way…
The Lacazette problem
Lacazette’s goalscoring woes have been the talk of the town but his link-up play made up for it since the turn of the year. However, he’s struggling in that part of the game as well now.
The Frenchman just couldn’t retain possession and bring others into play like he usually does. It was a really poor display and our decision to not sign a new striker in January may just come back to haunt us now.
Just before half-time, Gabriel Martinelli headed the ball in and Arsenal, momentarily, were back on level terms. However, VAR, after four long minutes, decided to rule out the goal.
The men that matter at Stockley Park took their time, looked at 20 different angles and tried extremely hard to find a reason to cancel the goal. In the end, they couldn’t find one, but they decided to rule it out anyway.
There was no conclusive evidence to prove that Martinelli was offside. It was clear that VAR’s decision was nothing more than a guess, and that could well be the reason why we fail to qualify for the Champions League next season.