Arsenal recorded back-to-back wins in Premier League for the first time since September after grinding out a victory against Brighton. The hosts were better for most parts of the game, but their lack of finishing was punished by Gunners, who moved up to 13th position with their win.
Neither team established control over the game in the opening minutes as Arsenal tried to play through wide areas, while Brighton remained compact in their defence. The best chance of the half fell to MacAllister, who curled his shot over the bar after Elneny gifted possession in a very dangerous position. Leno was called into action to produce a smart save at his near post from Jahanbakhsh, as an uneventful half ended scoreless.
The second half got to a frantic start as Lewis Dunk looked certain to score a goal, but Arsenal threw their bodies in the way to deny the defender. Aubameyang missed a glorious chance at the other end after meeting Saka’s cross in the box and hitting straight at goalkeeper from 3 yards out. Martinelli was the next to come close to scoring after his shot from inside the box flew inches over the crossbar.
Seconds after replacing Martinelli, Lacazette broke the deadlock in the 66th minute by firing past Sanchez through Saka’s cut-back. Brighton couldn’t create any clearcut chances for the remainder of the game, and Arsenal held on to win their second consecutive game.