After the restart, Arsenal took their time before getting back into their stride, but a second goal was inevitable and it soon arrived from Iwobi. However, Monreal is a composed footballer and kept his head to shoot home. But as long as the team played very well, there were plenty of chances.
But Wenger, who was celebrating his 21st year at the club, admitted afterwards that his side could have been more clinical. It was a professional performance against Brighton and denied the victors any time or space on the ball. If they have, the North London side will have a real shot at the title.
This has led to renewed questioning by some Arsenal fans as to whether Wenger should continue at the helm, especially as the Gunners have dropped out of the Champions League this season.
Meanwhile, Chris Wood failed to get on the score sheet for Burnley but his Clarets are up to sixth in the English Premier League after a 1-nil win at Everton to pile the misery on Toffees boss ROnald Koeman.
A wave of substitutions disrupted the rhythm which Arsenal had built and as the game entered the closing stages, Brighton found a second wind to put their hosts under sustained pressure. Arsenal spent the next fourteen minutes pressuring Brighton and testing goalkeeper Mat Ryan, until Lacazette won a free kick a few yards in front of the corner flag. Sanchez also had a look with a free-kick as Arsenal continued to dominate.
"He could have scored more (at BATE), but his strength is scoring goals".
Wenger does have his favourites, and when Ozil is fit, is expected to return straight to the starting eleven.
"The only disappointment in the game is that we could have shown a little more on the ball and been a little more adventurous on the ball".
Who will get the goals at Brighton?
The Seagulls will be without Tomer Hemed, who starts his three ban for violent conduct. Nothing is permanent. You're not bad in a permanent way if you can do something about it and you're not good in a permanent way if you don't keep your urgency.
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