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Match Report: Brighton 1 – 1 Arsenal

Brighton and Hove Albion (1) 1 Arsenal (1) 1
Premier League
American Express Community Stadium, Village Way, Brighton BN1 9BL
Sunday, 26th December 2018. Kick-off time: 5.15pm

(4-2-3-1) Leno; Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Koscielny, Kolašinac; Xhaka; Torreira; Guendouzi, Özil, Lacazette; Aubameyang.
Substitutes: Čech, Elneny, Ramsey, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Nketiah, Willock.
Scorers: Aubameyang
Yellow Cards: Kolašinac
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Attendance: 30,608

Boxing Day at Brighton, shivering on the South Coast! We were defeated here back in March by the odd goal in three with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbing our only goal on the day. Nine months ago, we were floundering with our points tally of 45 in 29 matches which happened to ber our worst record since 1995. Still, it’s a new season with a new manager, so we’ll wait to see what good things that St. Stephen’s Day may hold for us down in Sussex!

Sure enough, seven minutes from the start, our questions were answered with a superb strike from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that put us ahead in the match; some sterling work by Alexandre Lacazette ensured our top-scoring striker made no mistake with an excellent finish that was destined for the back of the Brighton net the very second that the ball left PEA’s boot. For the next half hour we were in the ascendancy with two very good chances from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that brought out the best in the Brighton goalkeeper, Mat Ryan, who to be fair, kept them in the match more than once at this point in time. Then, as in a few matches in the Premiership this season, we somehow pushed the self-destruct button. A ball that was seemingly going nowhere, was headed into the direction of Brighton’s centre-forward Jurgen Locadia, who simply went around Bernd Leno to equalise the scores. For the remaining ten mintues of the first half, we appeared to lose the control we once had earlier, and it has to be said that the half-time whistle was a blessing in disguise.

After the break, Mesut Ozil was substituted for young Alex Iwobi, but unfortunately the second half appeared to continue in the same vein as the end of the first for us. Our creativity and ingenuity went awry, whilst The Seagulls sensed that a chance for them to take all three points was now a real possible outcome of the match, with them capitalising on every missed tackle and stray pass that we had the misfortune to do. Bearing in mind that the home side had already had a goal against us ruled out for a foul in the previous half, it seemed to be that they now had the key to the door of our defence. When we did move forward, it was thanks to the creative vision of Mattéo Guendouzi, who tirelessly tried to find ways through the Brighton defence, and in doing so became the recipient of some very strong and physical tackling, most of which were unnecessary assaults on the young midfielder. Mr. Emery replaced Alexandre Lacazette with Aaron Ramsey after the hour, and ten mintues later, the still not-quite-match-fit Laurent Koscielny headed for the bench with Ainsley Maitland-Niles taking the field in his place. It didn’t matter either way as the home side found renewed confidence and endlessly put together chances to try and sneak in the winner during the latter stages of the match. Thankfully, despite one or two close shaves, we got away with a point from a match that in essence was in places quite a dull affair with sparks of action.

In less than a week’s time, the January transfer window opens, and with it arrives the opportunity for Mr. Emery to flex his financial muscles and purchase new players to add to his squad – and boy, don’t we need it! If we are to progress to cup finals and regular top four places in the Premiership, then we surely need players that will mirror our ambitions, because at the moment, we are there for the taking, and it has been some kind of miracle that we have not been punished badly for our weaknesses in defence. Our next match is the rampant Liverpool at Anfield on early Saturday evening, and it has to be said that despite our injuries, we need to get a result from that game, but after viewing the events of today’s match at Brighton, it could be a very difficult game for us. Remember everyone, keep the faith, get behind the team and the manager, as these early days are going to be crucial for our future success in all competitions. Stick with the winners. Victoria Concordia Crescit.

Steve

Too Dearly Loved To Be Forgotten: Arsenal v Racing Club de Paris 1930-1962 by Steve Ingless (Rangemore Publications, ISBN 978-1-5272-0135-4) is now available on Amazon.

Brighton away ticket news set to cause travelling Arsenal fans problems

Yesterday we had some ticket news released by the club with regards to the away game against Brighton & Hove Albion on Boxing Day.

Tickets for the game go on sale to anyone with 35+ Away points on Wednesday 28th November at 10am until 2.30pm the same day.

This then drops to 30 credits, 25 and then 20+ over stair cased down over the next 24 hours. This is the usual club policy ensuring that those who go to the most away games, arguably the clubs most loyal supporters, get priority.

The problem is that on November 29th, Arsenal play FC Vorskla in Ukraine, and that on the Wednesday, when tickets are on sale to 35+ credits, most of these fans will be in the air on their way to the game.

Anyone doing the journey to Ukraine should be applauded.

The trip include planes, trains and automobiles. It is not an easy trip to do logistically. By releasing the Brighton tickets when fans are both travelling, and in Ukraine, the club are punishing some of the clubs most loyal fans.

Not every fan out there will be able to obtain internet access, or have someone back in the UK that can buy on their behalf.

It could lead to a situation where fans who have not missed a game for decades, who are out in Ukraine, are unable to buy tickets for Brighton and miss out on Boxing Day football.

We at She Wore are pleading to the club that they change this date of sale, so that those who are out in Ukraine can purchase their tickets whilst still in the UK.

If they do not change the sale, ensure you follow the advice below and apply the old school way by sending an application to Arsenal box office securing yourself tickets.

She Wore

Brighton, Moaning, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the International Break

Brighton

The victory over Brighton took us to 7 games unbeaten in all competitions. Winning 6 of the 7 and drawing away to Chelsea.

4 clean sheets, 15 goals scored.

Admittedly, bar Chelsea we have played no one of note, but you can only beat what’s in front of you, and we are doing exactly that.

I do not see too many people criticising Man U for only having played poor teams this season.

After the disaster of Stoke & Liverpool, this run between the two international breaks has boosted our confidence and shot us up the table, as well as put us in a very comfortable position in the Europa League – allowing us to rest everyone for the home tie against Red Star Belgrade; 2 days before we travel to Manchester City.

We sit quietly in 5th, level with Chelsea and a point behind Spurs, ahead of Liverpool. The Manchester clubs are 6 points ahead of us, but we are in the mix.

With upcoming games at Watford and Everton, before a home game to Swansea, we have a great opportunity to keep the run and close that gap at the top at the magically 10 game mark.

We are title contenders.

Moaning

Despite the run that we are on, some people just seem to like to moan.

We beat Brighton 2-0, and at no point did we look at conceding a goal. And people have labelled us “boring” and “predictable.”

The same people put George Graham on a pedestal, a man who made his career on being boring a predictable and gaining 1-0 wins.

Give me boring and predictable Arsenal over exciting Liverpool any day of the week. The last 7 games for the Scousers have seen 22 goals scored. They have won just 1. 3 points is 3 points. And yesterday we got 3 points. Liverpool got 1.

9 Premier League home wins in a row, and people are sitting around moaning. Get behind the team.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Since joined Liverpool, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has played out of a possible 165 out of 630 minutes, seeing his side P 7, W 1, D 4, L 2

Be careful what you wish for.

International break

You will be pleased to know that I am going to take two weeks off blogging during the international break.

The blog has set new PBs in readership this year but I need a break. I am sure some of you will be pleased with that.

Have a good two weeks

Keenos