Below-Par Arsenal fails to sparkle against Brighton


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Arsenal’s top four chase in the Premier League hit a big halt as they were held by a determined Brighton 1-1 on boxing day.

Aubameyang put Arsenal ahead in the 7th minute  after making the Brighton goalkeeper Matt Ryan  make a big save from a lob earlier in the game, but a great finish from Locadia in the 35th minute  helped by poor defending from Arsenal saw Brighton level matters in the first half.

Aubameyang’s goal helped him to 13 goals in the Premier League, one ahead of Harry Kane and Mo Salah but he was guilty of missing some clear cut opportunities for Arsenal in the first half.

Arsenal failed to hit any good form in the second half as the North London side prepares to face unbeaten Liverpool on December 29th in the Premier League.

Brighton have lost just two of their last 12 Premier League home games, winning five and drawing five.

Arsenal have conceded in each of their last nine away Premier League games, only going longer without an away shut-out in the competition in a run of 11 ending in October 2010.

Brighton haven’t won any of their last 10 league games played on Boxing Day (W0 D4 L6), since beating QPR 1-0 in 2005-06.

Arsenal failed to score in the second-half for the first time in their last 17 Premier League games, since losing to Chelsea on August 18th.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been directly involved in 30 goals in his 32 Premier League appearances for Arsenal, scoring 23 and assisting seven.

Since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s debut for Arsenal in February, no duo has combined for more Premier League goals than the Gabonese striker and Alexandre Lacazette (6, level with Bournemouth’s Wilson and Fraser and Tottenham’s Kane and Eriksen).

Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette has provided an assist in three consecutive games in Europe’s big five leagues for the first time ever.

Brighton’s Jurgen Locadia scored for the first time in his last 18 Premier League games, since scoring on his debut in the competition in February against Swansea City.

Brighton host Everton on Saturday before a trip to West Ham on Wednesday, January 2.

Arsenal travel to league leaders Liverpool on Saturday and then host Fulham on Tuesday, January 1.

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