Like Roberto De Zerbi He sent sarcastic kisses to one of the crowd, going with them 2022-23 Premier League. Manchester City have only won one win from their third consecutive title but that is almost insignificant because Arsenal lost all his will and this potentially decisive game. A supposedly tight title race could end with more than two games to be played next weekend.

It’s almost too brutal for Arsenal that one of the remaining games for City is against this Brighton. On evidence of this impressive 3-0 win in North London, almost all season long, De Zerbi’s side could present a real challenge. European football is in their hands. of Brighton They lost 5-1 to Everton on Monday now it sounds almost as misleading as the idea that it’s a championship race.

City gained new strength against a relatively naive side. You don’t have to criticize Arsenal given what’s happened to the youth teams for the first time in such situations – just look at Tottenham Hotspur in 2015-16 – but this was one of those games where the fight went. They had nothing else to give. The submissive nature of the last two goals summed up the situation.

Aaron Ramsdale has done as much as anyone to keep Arsenal in place for this long but he will want to forget this day as soon as possible.

Brighton got through that slump against Everton so quickly. This win was all the more impressive, as they had all the struggle of a manager who was wearing every single goal. In the last two, he was running along the line and jumping onto the field.

How could Arsenal have done with such energy until then? Brighton had done a trick on them.

Still, it was hard not to think that another game involving Everton was more effective in this. City’s previous 3-0 win at Goodison Park seemed to ease all the intensity. There was a feeling that this was the last chance for a mistake, and the ease with which the champions’ win seemed to have drained itself on this occasion, at least from Arsenal’s point of view. Even in a better first half Mikel ArtetaOn the side, at least off the court, there was more than one feeling of dead tire end of season from a championship game. Even if Arteta is sure to keep his players focused on the task at hand, this will gradually affect what’s on him.

There was one day Aaron Ramsdale would forget for Arsenal.


Awareness of the game situation will always have that subconscious effect.

There is also the fact that this will never be an easy game. There was no way De Zerbi could have let Brighton be as porous as they were against Everton, this match now looks like it’s the most likely match of the season. There was a response and a real bite here.

There were limits to many challenges throughout the game. Brighton can rightly say that Gabriel Martinelli started with what could be described as a leap towards Kaoru Mitoma, but that spell ended with the Brazilian’s ejection after a raw intervention by Moises Caicedo.

Leandro Trossard came on as Martinelli’s replacement and hit the bar with an opportunity for him to score, as Arsenal were still better in the first half but lacked that conviction that defined most of their seasons.

Gabriel Martinelli was injured on a dismal day for Arsenal.


It would be unfair on both sides to say it went through the motions, but it would take much more to move the dial here. Brighton was standing strong and causing problems during the breaks.

Mitoma did a great job setting up Julio Enciso, but a defensive touch took the game away from the Paraguayan. Still, it was a warning that Arsenal did not heed.

While the second half was much more flattering for Arteta, Brighton sensed opportunity. Mitoma started running on Ben White and often passed him. Arsenal were attacking the midfield. Setting the pace, Jorginho was supposed to be removed for Thomas Partey. Speed ​​was exactly the problem.

Brighton was playing with much more now. They eventually went around Arsenal on the flank and the ball went in for Enciso to finish.

As it happened it didn’t help that Jakub Kiwior fell to the ground with an injury, but it was almost emblematic of the second half. Arsenal was in decline. Brighton was involved, sharper against everything.

Ramsdale made a short back pass and Pascal Gross made a direct pass, sealing Deniz Undav with a spectacular rise.

Worse would come. Ramsdale was soft on a save, with Purvis Estupinan tough enough to turn a scorching afternoon into a seasoned evening for Arsenal.

It shouldn’t define their season. However, he has decided on it.