Arsenal vs Brighton Player Ratings: Sensational Seagulls End Arsenal’s Title Dreams

Arsenal vs Brighton Player Ratings: Sensational Seagulls End Arsenal’s Title Dreams
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  • Three second-half goals from Enciso, Undav and Estupinan down Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
  • Arsenal were second best throughout and created very little in terms of clear-cut chances.
  • Defeat for Arsenal means Manchester City can win the Premier League title next week at home to Chelsea.

Arsenal Player Ratings: A defensive display to forget for the Gunners

Aaron Ramsdale 3/10 – Made several poor passes when playing out from the back and should have done better for goals two and three.

Ben White 4/10 – Made some nice overlapping runs but his delivery was poor. Defensively, he struggled against Mitoma.

Gabriel 5/10 – Looked like he was trying to cover for Kiwior throughout.

Jakub Kiwior 4/10 – Inexplicably left Enciso free on his own for the Brighton opener and never recovered. Saliba’s injury has cost Arsenal the title.

Kieran Tierney 5/10 – Couldn’t get hold of Enciso and never really had the opportunity to get forward as Brighton penned Arsenal in.

Jorginho 6/10 – The only Arsenal player to have a decent game following his great performance against Newcastle. Tried to wrestle control of the game but had very little help.

Granit Xhaka 4/10 – Every time Arsenal play a decent team, Xhaka seems to struggle and today was no different.

Martin Odegaard 4/10 – Was hesitant throughout and looked nervy. Telling that he was hooked when his team needed a goal.

Bukayo Saka 3/10 – Has been poor for several weeks now. Has gone into his shell since the penalty miss against West Ham.

Gabriel Jesus 3/10 – Another poor display up front. Never looked threatening.

Gabriel Martinelli 5/10 – Should have been sent off and then went off injured within the first 20 minutes.


Leandro Trossard 3/10 – Could have given Arsenal the lead in the first half but hit the bar. Then gave the ball away for Brighton’s second goal.

Reiss Nelson 5/10 – Tried to make things happen.

Thomas Partey 3/10 – Another shoddy performance from Partey whose form has fallen of a cliff.

Emile Smith-Rowe 6/10 – Came on too late to make an impact.

Eddie Nketiah 6/10 – Came on too late to make an impact.

Brighton Player Ratings: Eleven men all on the same page

Jason Steele 7/10 – Some would say he diced with danger a few times with his passing but it also allowed Brighton to play out from the back. Made some decent saves, too.

Moises Caicedo 7/10 – Sent a message early on that his team weren’t going to be messed around when he took out Martinelli. On the ball, he oozes class.

Levi Colwill 7/10 – Played very well and kept Jesus out of the game

Lewis Dunk 8/10 – As per usual, he threw his body at everything but was also excellent on the ball, too. An England call-up surely isn’t far away.

Pervis Estupinan 9/10 – A clean sheet, assist, and a goal. You can’t ask for much more from a fullback. He also marked Saka out of the game.

Pascal Gross 8/10 – Bossed the midfield with Gilmour, and Arsenal couldn’t get near him.

Alexis Mac Allister 6/10 – Not one of his best games which tells you just how good Brighton were that they managed to dismantle Arsenal without Mac Allister in top form.

Billy Gilmour 7/10 – Was tenacious in midfield and kept the ball ticking over.

Julio Enciso 8/10 – Looks like an incredible talent at just 19 years of age. Took his header well and tested Ramsdale on a couple of other occasions, too.

Kaoru Mitoma 8/10 – Ben White didn’t have a clue what to do against him. Has to be one of the best very best dribblers in the league.

Evan Ferguson 7/10 – Was his first start since injuring himself against Chelsea and he looked a threat. Dragged a shot wide in the first half and occupied both centre halves throughout.


Danny Welbeck 7/10 – Gave Brighton an added injection of pace to ensure they kept their foot down during the final half an hour.

Facundo Buonanotte 6/10 – A tidy cameo from the 18-year-old Argentinian.

Deniz Undav 8/10 – Came on with 15 minutes to go and scored the all-important second goal. It was his effort that Ramsdale parried out to Estupinan for the third, too.

Arsenal vs Brighton Match Summary and Highlights

After Manchester City beat Everton 3-0 in the day’s earlier game, Arsenal went into this one knowing that anything less than victory would end their title hopes and they played with the same nervous energy that has plagued the squad in recent months.

Over the opening 45 minutes, the home side played second fiddle to Brighton who kept the ball away from them throughout. They dominated the game across all areas and the Seagulls were unfortunate not to go in at half time ahead. After half time, Brighton were even better and took the lead through an Enciso header five minutes after the restart.

The win was then sealed when Deniz Undav lobbed Aaron Ramsdale following a mistake from ex-Brighton man Leandro Trossard in his own half. They then rubbed salt into the Arsenal wounds when Estupinan gobbled up a rebounded shot to lift the ball over Ramdsale to make it 3-0 in stoppage times.

Arsenal now have to settle for second place while Brighton will have renewed hope of finishing inside the Premier League’s top four.

Player of the Match: Pervis Estupinan

Pervis Estupinan is one of many players to have been snapped up by Brighton’s world-class scouting system in recent years who has excelled beyond expectation. The Ecuadorian fullback epitomised his side’s performance on the day – he was intense, ferocious, and excellent on the ball. Every decision he made seemed to be the right one and Bukayo Saka had a miserable afternoon against him. The 25-year-old ended the game with a clean sheet, an assist and a goal

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