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Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal Live Commentary, 04/03/2018

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2 - 1
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L. Dunk (7)
G. Murray (26)
P. Aubameyang (43)
The American Express Community Stadium

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Brighton secure a vital win in their battle against the drop, which sees them move into the heady heights of 10th place in the Premier League. Chris Hughton's men are seven points clear of the relegation zone, with nine matches remaining in the campaign. Goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray were enough to deliver the three points, despite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's effort before the interval. Arsenal lose for the fourth game on the bounce in all competitions. Their campaign descends into further chaos ahead of their Europa League contest against AC Milan next week - a match they cannot afford to lose.
FULL-TIME: BRIGHTON 2-1 ARSENAL
90' + 7' THAT'S IT! The Seagulls have held out for the win.
90' + 7' Brighton take the ball into the corner and the seconds are ticking down.
90' + 6' Murray does brilliantly for Brighton as wins possession and then a free-kick to take time off the clock.
90' + 6' Kolasinac raids into a good position down the left flank, but his cutback fails to find an Arsenal shirt in the box.
90' + 5' Xhaka's delivery fails to beat the first man and Izquierdo breaks forward for the home side. However, Bellerin gets back to stop his progress.
90' + 4' March fouls Aubameyang on the left flank and it will hand Arsenal a chance to whip a cross into the box.
90' + 3' Kolasinac digs out a cross to the back post and Bellerin knocks it down towards Aubameyang. The forward stretches to fire at goal on the volley, although he can only muster a tame effort straight at Ryan.
90' + 2' There are 21 players inside the Brighton half and the home side are doing their utmost to keep the Gunners at bay.
90' + 1' WIDE! Wilshere collects the loose ball from the corner on the edge of the box, but he drills his effort wide of the post.
90' There will be seven minutes of added time.
90' BLOCK! Ozil and Kolasinac combine on the edge of the box, but Bruno deflects the former's effort at goal wide of the post.
89' Brighton have space to break forward, but the lack of speed from Murray stops their charge.
88' Nketiah almost latches on to a ball between Dunk and Duffy, but Ryan reacts to clear on the edge of his own box.
B. Kayal
P. Groß
Brighton & Hove Albion
87' Kayal replaces Gross for the hosts.
87' Kolasinac collects Wilshere's offload on the left and Nketiah rises to head in the box, but his effort is deflected into the path of Ryan.
86' March plays a risky ball back to Ryan, but the Australian is alert and clears the danger ahead of Aubameyang.
84' DISALLOWED GOAL! Brighton are denied a third goal as Izquierdo does brilliantly down the left flank and plays a one-two with Gross to tee up Murray to slot home. However, the winger was offside when he received Gross' offload in the box.
Bellerín
H. Mkhitaryan
Arsenal
83' Mkhitaryan makes way for Bellerin.
E. Nketiah
C. Chambers
Arsenal
83' Nketiah replaces Chambers for the visitors.
81' March tries to release Gross down the right, but fatigue stops his charge as he's forced to lunge for the ball, conceding a goal-kick in the process.
79' Xhaka does well covering ground for the Gunners at the back as he stops the progress of March on the charge down the right flank.
G. Murray
Yellow Card
Brighton & Hove Albion
78' Murray slides in on Wilshere and goes into the book.
S. March
A. Knockaert
Brighton & Hove Albion
77' March replaces Knockaert, who's not happy about making way, venting his frustration with the decision on the bench.
76' Chambers breaks down the right flank and cuts back past the challenge of Izquierdo, but Bong comes across to mop up the danger.
D. Welbeck
A. Iwobi
Arsenal
74' Welbeck replaces Iwobi for the visitors.
73' Iwobi gives the ball away for the visitors and Knockaert releases Murray behind the Arsenal defence, but he lacks the pace to break away from Mustafi and Koscielny.
71' WIDE! Izquierdo raids with menace down the left before cutting inside to shoot on his right foot. However, his strike just creeps wide of the post.
Bruno Saltor
E. Schelotto
Brighton & Hove Albion
69' Bruno replaces Schelotto for the home side.
68' There was no malice in the challenge from Kolasinac, which appears to have been understood by the Brighton man as he makes way.
67' Schelotto is sitting up, which is good news, but he's probably going to be withdrawn due to it being a head injury.
65' Schelotto and Kolasinac collide with speed in an ugly-looking challenge from the Arsenal defender. The Brighton full-back is down on the deck and requires treatment on the pitch.
E. Schelotto
Yellow Card
Brighton & Hove Albion
64' Schelotto goes into the book for a poor challenge on Xhaka.
63' BLOCK! Ozil finds space down the left and drills the ball towards the near post for Aubameyang's run. However, Bong gets across to make the block to deny the Arsenal forward.
62' Ozil floats the ball to the back post from the resulting corner. Aubameyang guides a looping header towards goal, but Ryan makes a comfortable save.
61' BLOCK! Xhaka fires his effort striaght into the base of the wall, but the Gunners keep the pressure on by winning a corner.
D. Stephens
Yellow Card
Brighton & Hove Albion
60' Stephens flies into a challenge with Wilshere and goes into the book. Arsenal have a free-kick 25 yards from goal.
60' Aubameyang raids into the left inside channel and rounds Ryan. However, from a tight angle he cannot force the ball towards goal, and the keeper is able to gather his lofted cross.
59' PENALTY SHOUT! Xhaka goes down in the box under Stephens' challenge, but the referee dismisses his appeal for a spot-kick. There was not a great deal of contact.
58' SAVE! Ozil combines with Aubameyang in the final third and goes for the strike. He connects sweetly and the ball appears to heading towards the top corner before Ryan palms it behind.
57' Arsenal open up space down the left flank and Iwobi squeezes an effort through a crowd of players, but Ryan gets down to make the save.
56' Gross' corner is cleared as far as Knockaert 25 yards from goal and the crowd encourage him to shoot, but he blazes his volley over the bar.
55' Schelotto latches on to a pass from Knockaeart down the right flank and tries to squeeze a cross into the box, but Cech palms it behind as the ball threatens the near post.
G. Xhaka
Yellow Card
Arsenal
54' Xhaka is late on Bong in his challenge and goes into the book.
53' Mustafi takes a knock as he clears a long ball away from Murray in the final third. Wenger will be hopeful that's not too serious.
51' Murray almost weaves his way through the Arsenal defence, but Mustafi closes him off. However, the German plays a short backpass to Cech, forcing the keeper to slide clear the danger.
50' Brighton stand off Mkhitaryan on the edge of their own box and the Armenian goes for the strike, but he drills his effort straight at Ryan.
49' Izquierdo breaks past the challenge of Mustafi and looks for a cross into the middle. It sails over the head of Murray and Xhaka heads back to Cech.
47' Duffy takes possession for the home side in the centre circle and goes for the long ball over the top. However, it's well off target and goes out for a goal-kick.
46' We're back underway at the Amex Stadium.
Brighton hold a 2-1 lead at the break over Arsenal, but will be disappointed with themselves having allowed the Gunners back into the game before the break. The visitors were all over the place at the back to allow Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray to put the Seagulls into a comfortable lead. Chris Hughton's men had further opportunities to extend their advantage, only for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score two minutes before the interval. Laurent Koscielny then hit the post in added time, displaying the fragility of Brighton's advantage. it's still all to play for in the second period.
HALF-TIME: BRIGHTON 2-1 ARSENAL
45' + 2' The referee ends the first half.
45' + 2' Schelotto puts another panicked clearance behind for a corner, but on this occasion Ryan is able to gather.
45' + 1' OFF THE POST! Brighton are nervy at the back and Mkhitaryan floats a cross into the box. Koscielny powers a header towards the bottom corner, only to see his effort clatter off the post and bounce clear.
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
G. Xhaka
Assist
Arsenal
43' Xhaka holds his nerve in the box to pick out Aubameyang, who converts from six yards.
P. Aubameyang
Goal
Arsenal
43' GOALLLLLLLLLLL!!! AUBAMEYANG SCORES! Arsenal get back into the game as the Gabonese converts from close range. For once Brighton are caught out at the back and allow Xhaka space to pick a pass to the forward. Aubameyang has half-a-yard on Duffy and flicks the ball with the outside of his foot to beat the hand of Ryan, who just couldn't steer it away from goal.
42' Izquierdo continues to give Chambers a torrid time down the flank. He cuts inside and looks for the strike, only to be denied by a wall of black shirts.
41' OFFSIDE! Stephens catches Arsenal asleep at the back with a quickly-taken free-kick. He slides a pass to Izquierdo, but the winger fires wide of the post. He was offside anyway, although replays show that it was his team-mates that had moved before the ball rather than the Colombian.
J. Wilshere
Yellow Card
Arsenal
40' Wilshere brings down Knockaert on the charge and goes into the book.
39' Ozil surges down the right on the counter and has Aubameyang in support in the middle. He fires towards the near post, forcing Ryan to turn the ball behind.
38' Knockaert swings the ball into the box from the resulting free-kick and Duffy comes inches away from making contact, but Cech manages to gather ahead of the defender.
37' Koscielny is having a nightmare at the back as he gives the ball away once again. It forces Ozil into a tackle on Knockaert to stop his progress in the final third.
35' The Arsenal fans that have travelled to the Amex Stadium are being very vocal about their feelings towards Wenger.
33' Aubameyang runs down the right flank and wins a corner, but it does not yield a promising situation for the Gunners. Arsenal need a spark of inspiration from someone.
32' Knockaert collects in space on the right flank and he nudges the ball into the path of Murray. The striker opts against the shot and offloads to Gross, but his strike is tame and straight at Cech.
30' STAT! Only Mohamed Salah (7) and Sergio Aguero (9) have scored more Premier League goals in 2018 than Glenn Murray (6).
29' Arsenal are all over the place as Izquierdo is afforded room to cross in from the left flank. Murray rises to head at goal, but this time Cech saves his effort.
S. Kolašinac
Yellow Card
Arsenal
28' Kolasinac goes into the book for dissent.
P. Groß
Assist
Brighton & Hove Albion
26' Gross swings a fine cross to the back post for Murray to head home.
26' Murray almost releases Izquierdo in behind the right inside channel, but the winger is flagged offside as he collects the ball.
G. Murray
Goal
Brighton & Hove Albion
26' GOALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! MURRAY HEADS HOME!!!! Arsenal are collapsing herre. A blind pass from Koscielny hands possession straight to the home side. It allows them to break down the right and Gross lifts a cross into the box. Mustafi fails to get depth on his drop and it allows Murray a free header at goal. The striker heads down towards the bottom corner, but Cech is position. However, the Gunners keeper allows it under his hands and into the net. A shocking goal to concede for the visitors.
24' Wilshere raids forward and searches for a pass inside to Aubameyang, but Dunk makes the interception. The Gabonese has been a spectator so far this afternoon.
23' OVER! Gross swings the ball into the box and Duffy gets ahead of his man to glance a header at goal, but it just sails over the bar. Brighton have won the first header at every corner thus far.
22' The home side press down the left and Bong is able to win a corner off the body of Chambers. The threat continues from Brighton and Arsenal have no answers at the minute.
20' CHANCE! Knockaert should double Brighton's lead. The Frenchman charge down a clearance from Iwobi and releases Gross. The German completes a backheel to Knockaert inside the box to apply the finish, but he fires a tame effort straight at Cech.
18' OVER! Gross lifts the corner into the box from the right flank and Dunk rises highest in the box to head at goal, only to guide his effort over the bar.
17' Izquierdo makes a driving run from the left flank before firing at goal. Only a good block from Mustafi diverts the ball over the bar. The Gunners are struggling to cope with the Brighton winger.
15' Brighton back Ozil on the edge of their own box and almost allow the German to weave his way through, but Duffy makes the intervention.
14' Izquierdo makes another good surge down the left flank and he picks out Stephens on the edge of the box. However, the midfielder goes for the offload rather than the strike and he loses posssession.
13' STAT! Arsenal are now 11 Premier League games without a clean sheet, their longest run since February 2002 (also 11).
12' Arsenal are rocking on the ropes here. Brighton are pushing hard for a second goal to take command of the contest.
10' The home side keep the pressure on the Gunners at the back. Propper's cutback just evades Murray in the middle before Izquierdo fires wide of the target from 20 yards.
9' SAVE! Izquierdo raids down the left and cuts the ball back for Gross to strike. The German powers an effort towards the bottom corner, only to be denied by a sharp save from Cech.
S. Duffy
Assist
Brighton & Hove Albion
7' Duffy beats Cech in the air from the corner and his knockdown falls for Dunk to convert.
L. Dunk
Goal
Brighton & Hove Albion
7' GOALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! DUNK FIRES BRIGHTON IN FRONT!!! The defender capitalises on Duffy's knockdown and fires his effort into the net from close range. Gross lifted his delivery from the corner to the back post. Cech went for the ball, but was beaten in the air by Duffy. Dunk was the first to pounce on the loose ball and held his composure to find the back of the net.
6' Schelotto raids down the right for Brighton on the counter and sends a dangerous cross into the box, but Koscielny diverts the ball behind for a corner away from Propper.
5' Dunk scored an own goal last week and almost does so again as he slices his clearance from Mkhitaryan's cross narrowly past the post.
4' OVER! Arsenal keep the pressure on the home side and Ozil latches on to a loose ball on the edge of the box and fires towards the net, but he sends his effort over the bar.
3' BLOCK! Kolasinac plays a short pass into the box and Iwobi almost finds a path to goal, only to be denied by a good block from Duffy.
1' Aubameyang wins possession from Stephens and drives down the left flank before Duffy comes across with a sliding challenge to stop his progress.
1' We're underway at the Amex Stadium.
STAT! Arsenal are unbeaten in 34 Premier League games against newly promoted sides (W29 D5) since a 1-2 loss vs QPR in March 2012.
STAT! Brighton have won back-to-back home Premier League games, scoring seven goals in the process. They last won three in a row at home in the top-flight in September 1982.
STAT! Brighton have won their last two home league meetings against Arsenal, though this will be the first such match since September 1982 (1-0 to the Seagulls).
Arsenal have made three changes to their side that were beaten by City during the week. Chambers, Wilshere and Iwobi come into the fold as Bellerin and Welbeck drop to the bench, while Aaron Ramsey is rested ahead of the Europa League contest against AC Milan next week.
Brighton are unchanged from their hammering of Swansea last week. Murray leads the line following his brace as he continues to thrive even at the age of 34, scoring 10 goals this term. Gross, Izquierdo and Knockaert will provide the support in the final third.
Arsenal subs: David Ospina, Rob Holding, Danny Welbeck, Hector Bellerin, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mohamed Elneny, Eddie Nketiah.
ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Sead Kolasinac; Granit Xhaka, Jack Wilshere; Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Brighton subs: Bruno, Beram Kayal, Leonardo Ulloa, Connor Goldson, Solly March, Jurgen Locadia, Tim Krul.
BRIGHTON (4-4-1-1): Mathew Ryan; Ezequiel Schelotto, Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy, Gaetan Bong; Anthony Knockaert, Dale Stephens, Davy Propper, Jose Izqueirdo; Pascal Gross; Glenn Murray.
The team news has been announced and we'll start with the home side.
Arsenal have endured a week of misery at the hands of Manchester City. The Gunners were soundly beaten by Pep Guardiola's men in the League Cup final last week. However, they were humiliated by City on Thursday, suffering a 3-0 defeat on home soil, conceding all three goals in the first half. Arsene Wenger's men need a response this afternoon to stop their slide.
The Seagulls are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions. However, Chris Hughton's men need to maintain their form to push away from the relegation zone. Their 4-1 win over Swansea last week has left them four points clear of the fray, but given the tight nature of battle of the bottom Brighton have to keep winning.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Brighton and Arsenal at the Amex Stadium.