Post Match report for the Arsenal game - Saturday, 9th April 2022

PREMIER LEAGUE 21/22: Arsenal V Brighton - 9/4/22 P31.


* * * * * ALBION APRIL AWAY ADVANTAGE * * * * *


RESULT: 1-2 ~ Trossard, Mwepu . (h-t 0-1) . . . SHAPE: 3-5-2


VENUE: the Emirates, London N5 - fifteenth away match of thirty-one fixtures to date . Sat 3:00pm.
PRE-MATCH: our first trip on the road in over a whole month and very nearly two since our last victory.
But this campaign has been notable for recording unusual differing sequences, although sum of these outcomes currently shows marginal positional improvement compared to four consecutive terms previously.
WEATHER: sunny intervals . . . GATE: tba . . . KIT: blue & white.

GRAHAM POTTER came up with plausible explanations to cover recent loss of scoring capabilities, diplomatically garnered support for his squad and said all the right positive things in public to those who may interpret & expound such words.
GP decided to shake things up and introduced Caicedo to debut. Mwepu started, while Bissouma also returned.
INJURED: 15 Moder . . . SQUAD: 24 Duffy, 28 Roberts.


TEAM: . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Sanchez
. . . . . . . . 34 Veltman, 5 Dunk, 3 Cucurella
. 13 Gross 12 Mwepu 8 Bissouma 25 Caicedo 11 Trossard
. . . . . . . . . 18 Welbeck . . . . . . . 10 Mac Allister

SUBS: 14 Lallana (74),2 Lamptey (77), 4 Webster (85)
BENCH: 23 Steele, 9 Maupay, 17 Alzate, 20 March, 57 Offiah, 60 Sarmiento.


GOALS: 0-1 - 28 . TROSSARD completes a fluid move originated deep by Dunk and assisted by Mwepu from flank.
0-2 - 67 . MWEPU fires in a half volley following good work in build up by Caicedo.
1-2 - 89 . hosts pull one back after visitors drop too deep in closing moments and invite pressure.


INCIDENTS: 6 Sanchez takes, 13 Bissouma dig, 21 Caicedo effort, 33 Veltman blocks, 37 Dunk blocks, 42 Mwepu scuffs, 45+ Sanchez beaten, 45+ VAR check - hosts no goal,
55 Mac A o/s, 57 Bissouma blocks, 61 Dunk header, 80+ late local pressure, 90+ Sanchez punches, 90+ hosts hit bar.

YELLOWS: 35 Bissouma, 40 Gross, 52 Caicedo, 90+ Sanchez.

CHANGES: 74 Lallana for Bissouma . 77 Lamptey for Mwepu . 85 Webster for Trossard.


FIRST HALF: visitors competed for possession in a scrappy opening period and going ahead put them in the driving seat.
A flexible formation meant there was defending from front to back.
Locals netted just before the interval via a set piece but intervention from VAR ruled out an equaliser.
SECOND HALF: an anticipated onslaught from hosts put travellers under pressure after turnaround.
But scoring a second gave Seagulls a cushion with still around a third of the contest to go.
A late rally from Gunners meant game management went to the wall with last ditch defending.
Potter took managerial acclaims for line-up, tactics, substitutions and in-play instructions.
The match-day squad was versatile in attack, defence and transition, plus proved capable of converting chances.


NUMBERS: poss 65%-35%, on target 4-3, off target 16-5, corners 11-2,
fouls 12-19, yellows 3-4, subs 2-3, shape 433-352 . . . . . gd-9 pt37 po11

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