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Gabriel Martinelli
M. Ødegaard
A. Lacazette
P. Aubameyang
B. Saka
E. Smith Rowe
N. Pépé
M. Ødegaard
2 - 0
N. Pépé
C. Chambers
1 - 0

Match Stats

53% 46%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 5 1
Total Passes 565 489
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There goes the full-time whistle! Pepe's second-half double won the game for Arsenal, lashing through the legs of Sanchez from a tight angle before finding the far corner through Dunk's legs. Everton's 5-0 defeat against Manchester City sees the Gunners leapfrog the Toffees in the table, but Tottenham's late 4-2 win over Leicester means that Spurs take seventh spot and Europa Conference League qualification. It finishes 2-0 to Arsenal at the Emirates!
90' Tottenham have come from behind at the King Power Stadium and now are now 3-2 up against Leicester City. If things stay as they are, Spurs will finish seventh and earn Europa Conference League qualification, with Arsenal ending the season in eighth.
88' Saka has moved into a central role behind Lacazette now, with substitute Martinelli going out to the left wing.
Gabriel Martinelli
M. Ødegaard
86' Arteta replaces Odegaard now, and the on-loan attacking midfielder is received warmly by the Arsenal supporters as Martinelli takes his place. It remains to be seen if the Norwegian is brought to the Emirates on a permanent basis.
83' Odegaard presses with tenacity, chasing the ball down all the way into the Brighton third and out to the left, where Saka looks to nick the ball, but Dunk goes down and the referee's whistle bails him out. The Arsenal players feel he went down too easily, but the free-kick is given nonetheless.
81' Arsenal are just slowing the pace of the game down now and look in complete control of proceedings, working the ball around confidently.
A. Lacazette
P. Aubameyang
79' Arteta makes another change now, with Aubameyang replaced up front by Lacazette in what could be the Frenchman's final game for Arsenal.
76' Pepe, on a hat-trick, is being afforded a little more freedom in attack now, with Odegaard drifting out to the right to cover for the Ivorian when the Gunners don't have the ball, while Pepe pushes up and presses alongside Aubameyang in the centre.
B. Saka
E. Smith Rowe
74' Arteta makes his first change of the afternoon, replacing Smith Rowe with fellow academy product Saka on the left for the remainder of the game.
73' CROSSBAR! Gabriel threads a pass into the feet of Partey on the edge of the box with his back to goal and the midfielder pops the ball into the air as he swivels and thumps a volley at goal, but it cannons back off the crossbar! He was inches away from his first Arsenal goal there!
71' Arsenal are in a confident mood now and are playing with freedom and confidence. Aubameyang cleverly dummies a pass, allowing it to run for Smith Rowe, but the attacking midfielder's cut-back is blocked.
69' Some quick, sharp passing through the centre sees Aubameyang release Pepe, who tries to chip the goalkeeper but gets his execution all wrong and the ball simply bounces through for Sanchez to gather.
68' WIDE! Aubameyang is released down the left by Smith Rowe and sprints away from Webster, but he snatches at his effort with his left foot and slices wide of the near post!
S. Alzate
A. Mac Allister
66' Potter makes a third change now as he looks to get his side back on level terms, bringing Mac Allister off for Alzate.
64' SAVE! Moder drives into space on the left and tries to catch Leno out with a powerful drive from range, but the Arsenal keeper flings himself to his right and palms the shot away!
62' This is the first season that Arsenal have had three players score at least 10 Premier League goals (Lacazette, Aubameyang, Pepe) since 2016/17 (Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott).
M. Ødegaard
60' Odegaard's pass into the right channel for Pepe was weighted and placed perfectly for Pepe to take it on his left and drift inside before picking out the far corner.
N. Pépé
60' GOAL!!! PEPE DOUBLES ARSENAL'S LEAD!!! Odegaard slips it in behind for Pepe down the right and the winger drives into the box before slotting his strike through Dunk's legs and into the bottom-left corner! It's 2-0 to Arsenal!
57' WIDE! Brighton are committing more bodies forward now and Bissouma goes for the bottom-left corner from the edge of the box, but he arrows his low strike just the wrong side of the post!
55' No player has been involved in more goals in all competitions for Arsenal this season than Pepe (15 goals and five assists).
53' NO PENALTY! Aubameyang is played through down the left and he surges into the box before cutting onto his right and sliding the ball across to Odegaard, arriving in the middle. The midfielder goes down under pressure from Lallana, but the referee ignores the Gunners' furious appeals and does not award a penalty!
51' MISS! Just moments after scoring, Arsenal nearly concede as Connolly picks the ball up in the Arsenal box and curls towards the far corner, but he gets it all wrong and fires wide! He had to hit the target from there!
C. Chambers
49' Chambers' low cross has loads of pace on it and was difficult for Pepe to take in, but the Ivorian controlled well, making a yard for himself before drilling into the net!
N. Pépé
49' GOAL!!! ARSENAL ARE IN FRONT!! Chambers is found on the right and fizzes a low cross into the box that Pepe does well to control, popping it up into the air before lashing through the legs of Sanchez from a tight angle with his weaker right foot! It's 1-0 to Arsenal!
47' Gabriel dallies on the ball for a moment too long before trying to pick Aubameyang out over the top and the striker ends up being caught offside.
46' We're back underway for the second half!
A. Lallana
A. Jahanbakhsh
46' Jahanbakhsh is the second Brighton player to be replaced at the break, with Lallana replacing him and allowing Mac Allister to move into a more advanced role.
A. Connolly
L. Trossard
46' Potter makes two half-time changes as he looks for an improved showing from his side in the second half. Trossard is the first to make way, being replaced in attack by the hard-working Connolly.
Arsenal have enjoyed almost 62% of the ball and have taken 11 shots to Brighton's two, but the Gunners have registered just three shots on target. The hosts have been the better side, but they need to do more to breach the Brighton defence and capitalise on the opportunity to rise to seventh.
There goes the half-time whistle! Arsenal have been on top but have failed to convert their dominance into a lead to this point. Gabriel hit the bar with a deflected header just before the break and Holding prodded just over the line from a corner, but the offside flag denied him. Brighton have offered little going forward, but have congested the centre of the pitch and made it difficult for the Gunners to pick them apart. It's 0-0 at the break!
43' CROSSBAR! Gabriel, who had stayed in the box following a corner, is picked out at the back post with a lofted pass in from deep and the Arsenal defender's header loops goalwards off the head of Dunk, but it clips the bar and goes behind!
41' Results elsewhere are still in Arsenal's favour but the Gunners still haven't been able to get themselves ahead. They've created a number of half-chances, but are yet to really carve Brighton open.
39' CHANCE! Pepe controls the ball on the right beautifully and drives threateningly into the box before cutting the ball back to Odegaard, whose cross towards Aubameyang at the back post is spilled by Sanchez, but the goalkeeper smothers the loose ball!
37' Brighton are not at all pleased that Holding escapes without a booking as the defender hauls Moder down on the touchline during a Seagulls attack. A free-kick is all that's given, however.
35' BLOCK! Brighton do pull the trigger now as Moder runs onto the ball on the edge of the Arsenal box and hits it first-time, but his effort is blocked away and Dunk hits a very ambitious follow-up well over the top from some distance out.
33' Burn tries to pick Trossard out in behind, but the flag goes up for offside. The visitors are yet to have a shot of any kind and seem to be struggling to create chances.
31' NO GOAL! Odegaard whips in a terrific corner from the right that Partey flicks on to Holding just a few yards out. The defender controls and prods at goal, but White is there to clear it off the line! Replays suggest that the ball had just crept in, but the flag goes up against Holding and it won't count!
29' Smith Rowe is fouled in a dangerous position 20 yards from goal and Xhaka steps up to strike the free-kick, but he thumps it straight into the wall and it squirms into the arms of Sanchez. That was a disappointing effort.
27' SAVE! Arsenal counter themselves after Tierney's outstanding piece of defending and Partey goes for goal from the edge of the box, lashing a vicious effort just under the crossbar, but Sanchez stays tall and tips it over!
26' GREAT DEFENDING! Arsenal lose the ball after a poorly-worked free-kick and Brighton break quickly, with Tierney left on his own to defend a two-on-one. The left-back positions himself superbly to prevent the square ball before closing down at the last moment to block Jahanbaksh's attempt and it bounces into the grateful grasp of Leno!
24' WIDE! Tierney wins the ball off White right on the Brighton byline and sends it back towards Aubameyang, who switches it out to Odegaard on the right before darting to the back post to meet the Norwegian's cross, but he can only nod wide under pressure from Webster!
22' Neither side has managed to create anything of note in the last few minutes. It's been very back-and-forth with little goalmouth action.
20' Elsewhere, Jamie Vardy has put Leicester City ahead against Tottenham, while Everton are 2-0 down against Manchester City. As things stand, an Arsenal win would lift the Gunners into seventh and secure them Europa Conference League qualification. There's plenty of time for things to change, of course.
18' Arsenal pepper the Brighton box with crosses, including an excellent delivery from Chambers on the right, but Brighton defend capably and weather the storm.
16' Arsenal have pushed forward and the whole Brighton team is camped back in their half as the Gunners probe for an opening. It's very congested in the centre, however, and there's not much space for the hosts to exploit.
14' Bissouma picks out a long ball over the top to Jahanbakhsh, making a run in behind, but it's a fraction ahead of the forward and Leno is out to smother the chance.
12' An incisive Arsenal counter sees Smith Rowe slide the ball down the left for Tierney, who whips in a superb cross, but nobody is in the box to attack it!
10' Smith Rowe leads an Arsenal counter down the left as Brighton are caught very high up the field. He gallops towards the corner before laying it back to Odegaard, but the midfielder lashes over via a nick off White!
8' Pepe cuts in from the right and decides to have a shot of his own from distance, but it clatters back out off a defender. The box is packed with bodies and there's no clear way through.
7' SHOTS! Partey receives the ball on the edge of the box before taking a touch to set himself, but he curls just wide of the far corner. Just moments later, his midfield partner Xhaka also lets fly from range, but Sanchez gets to it and keeps it out!
5' Arsenal force a corner as Smith Rowe makes a sharp run down the left after some clever interchanges, but Webster slides in to block the cut-back behind for a corner.
3' Brighton appear to be playing in a narrow 4-3-1-2 today. White and Burn start as full-backs, while Mac Allister plays in the space between the midfield three and the front two of Trossard and Jahanbakhsh.
1' We're underway at the Emirates for the last time this season!
Meanwhile, Brighton have won their final league game in just one of the last six campaigns (D3 L2), though that victory did come last season as they beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor.
Arsenal haven’t lost their final league game of the season since 2004/05, and have won each of their last nine games to end a Premier League campaign. In fact, when finishing a Premier League season at home, Arsenal have won each of their last 11 matches.
Brighton boss Graham Potter, meanwhile, makes two changes of his own following his team's shock 3-2 win over champions Manchester City. Dunk and Trossard come into the side, with Alzate dropping to the bench and the injured Danny Welbeck missing out entirely. The former Arsenal striker joins Solly March, Joel Veltman, Davy Propper and Tariq Lamptey on the treatment table, while Neal Maupay is suspended.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta makes two changes to the side that battled to a late 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace last time out. Saka and Elneny drop to the bench, with Odegaard and Xhaka coming into the starting line-up. David Luiz and Hector Bellerin are out injured, with the former confirmed to be leaving upon the expiry of his contract this summer, while on-loan goalkeeper Mat Ryan is ineligible to face his parent club and may also have played his last game for Arsenal unless the club seek to make his stay permanent. 
Brighton and Hove Albion substitutes: Andi Zeqiri, Michal Karbownik, Thomas McGill, Adam Lallana, Percy Tau, Aaron Connolly, Jason Steele, Steven Alzate, Moises Caicedo.
Brighton and Hove Albion XI (4-3-1-2): Robert Sanchez; Ben White, Adam Webster, Lewis Dunk, Dan Burn; Pascal Gross, Yves Bissouma, Jakub Moder; Alexis Mac Allister; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Leandro Trossard.
Arsenal substitutes: Cedric Soares, Alexandre Lacazette, Pablo Mari, Runar Alex Runarsson, Mohamed Elneny, Dani Ceballos, Eddie Nketiah, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli.
Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieran Tierney; Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka; Nicolas Pepe, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Ninth-placed Arsenal could end the season in seventh if they beat Brighton this afternoon and both Everton and Tottenham fail to secure victory - a set of results which would see the Gunners qualify for the inaugural Europa Conference League. Brighton, meanwhile, are assured of safety and can play without pressure.
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