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FIVE KEY MOMENTS: ARSENAL

5 March 2018

Bennett Dean
Albion's players celebrate after Glenn Murray doubled the lead against Arsenal.

Brighton & Hove Albion shocked Arsenal 2-1 to edge clearer to Premier League safety at the Amex stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Lewis Dunk scored his first goal of the season and Glenn Murray continued his great form with his 11th league strike of the campaign. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled a goal back just before half-time for the Gunners but the Seagulls held on.

Vital Second

Backing up Albion's bright start with a second goal was a crucial point in the game. Glenn Murray met Pascal Gross's cross to head home his 11th Premier League goal of the season.

This gave Albion a two-goal cushion which took the pressure off them and allowed them to play with freedom.

The goal eventually proved to be the winner to earn the Seagulls their first points of the season against the so-called 'big six'.

Came out fighting

Arsene Wenger’s side scored just before the break through Aubameyang and it looked like that might dent Albion's confidence.

However, Chris Hughton’s team held their nerve to see it to half-time and showed bravery to get on the ball early in the second half. Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk continued to put their bodies on the line.

Ryan to the rescue

Mathew Ryan made a string of good saves to keep his team's lead intact. Mesut Ozil stung the fingertips of the Australian goalkeeper, before he palmed away Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s dink over the keeper.

The battle between the former Borussia Dortmund striker continued into the last minute when Ryan held an Aubameyang shot to ease the worries of Albion's nervy supporters in the closing stages.

Clinical corner

Dunk opened the scoring after a Pascal Gross corner was headed back across goal by Duffy.

The carefully-prepared routine worked perfectly, leaving manager Chris Hughton delighted as it has been in the works for some time, he said: “It’s something we have been working on all season, sometimes you get into a period when you get on the end of them and thankfully we have been of late.”

Weathering the storm

Just after Aubameyang got Arsenal back in the game, Laurent Koscielny hit the post with a header which would have made it 2-2.

There was a similar case of this last week against Swansea City when Jordan Ayew hit the post before half-time and Martin Olsson fired wide.

If Albion had gone in level at half-time, things might have been very different.


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