Brighton v Arsenal: Match in pictures
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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admitted that he was ‘concerned’ by his side’s performance after the Gunners were held to a goalless draw by Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday evening. The Seagulls enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and chances at the Amex Stadium, but were unable to make the most of their opportunities before the final whistle.
Brighton went close on a number of occasions throughout the match, with Lewis Dunk, Neal Maupay and Dan Burn all failing to convert good chances.
Emile Smith Rowe created Arsenal’s biggest opportunity with a darting run into the box in the closing stages, but his low shot was saved well by Robert Sanchez between the sticks.
Arteta was handed a late injury concern when Bukayo Saka limped off after picking up a knock from a heavy challenge in the dying minutes.
The teenage winger is due to link up with the England squad for the upcoming international break, with Gareth Southgate also likely to be sweating over his availability.
Both sides huffed and puffed as the clock ticked down but were eventually forced to settle for a point each on a wet evening in East Sussex.
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Arteta revealed after the full-time whistle that he was frustrated with his side’s decision-making and lack of chance creation, with the Spaniard insisting that he was expecting a better showing.
“I was more concerned about the way we played,” the Arsenal boss told BBC Sport.
“We didn’t make enough right decision, every time there was a duel where we could escape pressure and attack open spaces we came up short and against this structure we had to do better.
“[Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s header] was probably the only open situation in the first half, and we were unlucky not to score it.
“I don’t think we deserved to win the game, we have to take the draw with the performance we had today and improve.”
Arteta went on to dissect Arsenal’s efforts before giving credit to his defenders after another solid showing, with goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale picking up his third clean sheet of the season.
“In the first half we struggled to dominate the game,” he added.
“They proposed a really aggressive game, we struggled to break the press and that caused us problems because there was a lot of transitions and one-on-one situations that we could not deal with.
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“We improved a little bit in the second half and had a couple open situations that could have been big chances.
“We managed to get a point today because we defended the last 15-20 metres of the pitch really well. I think for the rest there is a lot of things we have to get better at.”
Arsenal will be hoping for a quick-fire return to winning ways in the Premier League against Crystal Palace after the international break.
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