- Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi on target for Arsenal
- Solly March hits the post with a strike from distance
- Albion sit 14th in the Premier League table
- The Seagulls are next in action at home to Everton on 15th October
Brighton & Hove Albion succumbed to their fourth defeat of the season after losing 2-0 to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Goals from Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi proved to be the difference on the day, but Albion could reflect on a brave performance in North London.
The Seagulls showed plenty of ambition in a bid to claim something from the game, with Solly March and Davy Propper both going close, but the Gunners’ extra quality ultimately told.
Chris Hughton made three changes to the side that beat Newcastle United last week. Jose Izquierdo made his full debut while Izzy Brown and Gaetan Bong also started the match.
Arsenal created their first opening inside the second minute when Alexandre Lacazette saw his half volley crash against the post.
The hosts took 17 minutes to break the deadlock through Monreal. The Spaniard fired home the loose ball during a goalmouth scramble after Shane Duffy had cleared off the line.
Despite Arsenal’s early dominance, March came within inches of restoring parity midway through the first half from a brilliantly-worked free kick when his ferocious left-footed shot hit the post before Lewis Dunk fired wide from the follow-up.
The Gunners threatened again when Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez both found themselves bearing down in front of goal, but the former elected to shoot instead of passing to his Chilean teammate, and goalkeeper Mathew Ryan made a comfortable save.
The Gunners launched a blistering counter-attack from an Albion corner, instigated by Sanchez and ending in a fine save by Ryan with his feet to deny Aaron Ramsey from close range.
Hughton’s men still had chances though and after some good link-up play involving Izquierdo and Bong, Davy Propper fired over from inside the box.
The Gunners had the first chance after the break through Lacazette, but Duffy was on hand to make a brave sliding block from inside the area.
Sanchez then found Ramsey on the edge of the box from a corner, however the Welsh international's effort went high and wide of the target.
The same combination almost created Arsenal’s second goal, but Duffy expertly cut out the Chilean’s lofted ball into the box and diverted it safely into Ryan’s grasp.
Dunk then strode forward into space and let fly from distance, only to see his tame strike saved by Petr Cech.
Arsenal showed their class just moments later to double their advantage with 56 minutes gone, as Iwobi clinically fired the ball home from Sanchez’s audacious back-heeled through ball.
The Chilean almost got his name onto the scoresheet when he was allowed to cut inside the area, but the feintest of deflections off Dunk sent the ball narrowly wide.
March was called into action from the subsequent corner when he headed Sead Kolasinac’s header off the line.
Hughton brought on Anthony Knockaert and Glenn Murray with 14 minutes to go in one last roll of the dice, and Murray headed agonisingly wide from Pascal Gross’s cross, as Arsenal held on to their clean sheet and all three points.