Well, that was a shambles, wasn’t? After going 1-0 up in the second half, Arsenal let it slip away from home and suffered their second league loss on the bounce. It seems that Brighton are becoming Arsenal’s bogey-team and this unfortunately hasn’t changed under Mikel Arteta.
However, amid the rough, it’s easy to be too hard on the players. After all, it was a difficult loss to take. However, there were certainly some diamonds in the rough. Here were Arsenal’s three better performers.
3. Matteo Guendouzi
I am a big fan of Matteo Guendouzi and each game I grow more and more fond of him. He was one of the only players who showed any real fight for the Gunners. Even towards the end, he was still running around trying to win back possession for his side. His frustration at the final whistle shows how much this loss means to him and how much he admires the club after just a few seasons of being here. You can hold your head high, Matteo.
2. Nicolas Pepe
If Arsenal had kept their lead, then more people would be talking about Nicolas Pepe’s fine goal. From distance, he took a shot with his left foot and the ball had so much curve on it, the keeper had no chance. He could simply watch it float into the top corner with ease. Unfortunately the goal stands for nothing, but it will do wonders for Pepe’s confidence. The Ivory Coast international DOES have an end product and he only scores sensational goals.
1. Bukayo Saka
Bukayo Saka had to take on yet another role in today’s match and guess what? He absolutely smashed it. The young Englishman was forced to play as a left-sided midfielder but he used this chance to his advantage and in all honesty, he looked like the most senior player on the pitch. Everything positive seemed to run through Saka and he’ll feel hard done by that his efforts weren’t rewarded. He played a sensational pass through to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who, had he postponed his run for just a fraction of a second, would have opened the scoring in the match. Saka really can play anywhere.
Which Arsenal player impressed you the most?
Cover image: Amir Hosseini, 2019