All of Arsenal’s players collapsed on the pitch when the final whistle blew after the 0-3 defeat to Brighton. Brighton played brilliantly and fully deserved the win. Arsenal had some chances in the first half, when Leandro Trossard shot over the bar and Bukayo Saka also came close to the goal, but they failed to capitalize.
Arsenal have been leading the race for so long, but their hopes are now over, dashed by a winning streak from Man City. Pep Guardiola’s army only needs 2 more points to defend the throne. Here are the most notable factors after Arsenal’s defeat.
Everyone at Arsenal must have been hoping that Everton could do something at Goodison Park, so seeing City win comfortably was disappointing. But it couldn’t be worse but what happened at the Emirates This defeat was painful, but they shouldn’t forget what a great season Arsenal had.
Will have to wait and see how bad the ankle injury Martinelli suffered at the beginning of the game. The way Moises Caicedo avoids a yellow card for a foul on Martinelli is unbelievable. It was a bad tackle from behind and Martinelli’s ankle could be seen dislocated.
Martinelli tried to continue playing for a few minutes, but was substituted shortly after. Arsenal will desperately hope that nothing is too serious.
Andy Madley and the referees
Arsenal were involved in a match where the referees lost control early on. Andy Madley didn’t show Martinelli when he had a really dangerous tackle on Karou Mitoma. Caicedo then retaliated against Martinelli with a brutal foul that sent the Brazilian off the field and was also not shown a card.
It was a really bad performance by the refs, a performance highlighted when the line umpire confusingly waved the flag for Trossard to be offside, even though the ball had come to him from a throw. record.
The Arsenal right-back has been one of Arteta’s most consistent players this season. White has barely made a mistake since the start of the season, but this is undoubtedly his toughest 90 minutes of the season.
White had no answer to the dexterity and speed of Mitoma, who beat him time and time again, especially in the second half when Brighton were in full control.
Defending their title seemed inevitable from the moment City overtook Arsenal when the two teams met a few weeks ago, but there is no doubt now. Man City have won the last 11 matches in the league. Now, City can fully focus on getting their hands on the Champions League trophy, which will be a big boost for Guardiola in the final weeks of the season.
Roberto De Zerbi
As De Zerbi started running down the touchline to celebrate Undav making Brighton 2-0, his satisfaction could be seen. The brilliant young Brighton coach said at the start of the game that he believed his side would bounce back from the defeat to Everton, and they did so with this exceptional performance. They always seem to be a threat, especially on the left side, with Mitoma causing all sorts of problems for Ben White.
Thanh Vu | 05:45 05/15/2023