Brighton v Arsenal: Premier League – live | Premier League

Buyako Saka scores after 64 seconds!

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My word. Demarai Gray’s spectacular equaliser has given Everton an unlikely draw at the Etihad. It means that, if Arsenal win tonight, they’ll go seven points clear at the top of the Premier League. If they’re not careful, they might win the bloody thing.

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Hello and welcome to live coverage of Brighton v Arsenal at the Amex Stadium. Whatever happens tonight, Arsenal will be top of the table going into 2023, but they’d very much like to restore* their five-point lead over Manchester City.

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Brighton are difficult opponents, who have already won twice at the Emirates this year, so the last Premier League game of the year should be a good one.

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Kick off 5.30pm.

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* Or even extend it, because as I type Everton have just equalised at the Etihad.

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Brighton make two changes from their win at Southampton in the week. Tariq Lamptey and Billy Gilmour replace Joel Veltman, who is on the bench, and Moises Caicedo, who isn’t. He’s suspended.

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Oleksandr Zinchenko replace Kieran Tierney at left-back for Arsenal, the only change from the win over West Ham.

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Brighton (4-2-3-1) Sanchez; Lamptey, Dunk, Colwill, Estupinan; Gilmour, Gross; March, Lallana, Mitoma; Trossard.
Substitutes: Steele, Van Hecke, Veltman, Turns, Moran, Hinshelwood, Sarmiento, Enciso, Ferguson.

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Arsenal (4-1-4-1) Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Xhaka, Martinelli; Nketiah.
Substitutes: Turner, Tierney, Holding, Cedric, Tomiyasu, Vieira, Lokonga, Elneny, Marquinhos.

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Referee Anthony Taylor.

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Key events

23 min Saliba puts Saka through on goal in the inside-right channel. He drives a cross-shot that is blocked by the sliding Dunk and goes behind for a corner.

I’m not sure it would have counted as Saka looked offside, so the corner is a bonus for Arsenal.

20 min Almost a stunning team goal from Arsenal. Martinelli, Odegaard and Zinchenko passed the ball around near the left edge of the penalty area, until Martinelli suddenly quickened the pace with a short pass to Odegaard. He had two defenders tight to him but somehow improvised a return pass that put Martinelli clear on the left side of the six-yard box. Martinelli tried to slide the ball across the goal for Saka and Colwill booted clear. That was stunning from Odegaard.

19 min Brighton are playing much better now. Mitoma runs 70 yards down the left, away from Saka, but then overhits him through a pass to Trossard.

19 min “I hope you get a break after this game,” says Jeff Sachs, before getting down to brass tacks. “Hope you cover the next Liverpool game.”

18 min Gross’s inswinging corner from the left was missed by Ramsdale and headed clear by a defender behind him. That might have been going on.

16 min Lamptey’s sharp cutback finds Lallana on the edge of the area. He lays it off for Trossard, who misses a first-time shot that bounces across the goal and is turned around the post by Ramsdale. It was going wide anyway but he took no chances.

13 min March collects a loose ball 30 yards out and pings a shot that is blocked by Gabriel. That’s a bit better from Brighton.

12 min Lots of Brighton possession in the last few minutes, although it has all been in front of Arsenal.

10 min After a torrid start, Brighton are starting to get a bit of a foothold in the game.

8 min “Mary Waltz’s commitment to watching and supporting Everton despite illness-inducing time differences, her insights into football in general, and her humor (which, let’s face it, has been invaluable when you look at Everton’s 2022) have all been an inspiration,” says Matt Dony. “Today, I am an American soccer fan. Today, I am supporting Everton. (And Brighton.) I hope for her sake Lampard pulls his finger out. Just not in Merseyside derbies.”

7 min After a nice touch from Xhaka, Nketiah shoots wide on the turn from about 12 yards.

7 min “Brighton is definitely our bogey team of late,” writes Zack. “Previously this might narratively have been put out there as ‘a big test of Arsenal’s credentials’ but no one’s even bothering anymore. I am definitely displaying pre-humiliating reverse levels of confidence but I don’t think I can be stopped anymore! We’re back! The Arsenal fans everyone hated the last time we were good! Smuggest fanbase in football, just watch us.”

6 min Martinelli has a shot blocked. Arsenal are all over Brighton like a cheap cliche.

4 min: Good save by Sanchez! This is some start from Arsenal. Martinelli threads a little pass into the area for Zinchenko, the left-back by the way, who turns smoothly between Dunk and Colwill (I think) before hitting a close-range shot that is very well blocked by Sanchez.

2 min “The last fixture, and MBM, of the year,” says Simon McMahon. “What am I going to do until, eh, tomorrow? A Happy New Year when it comes to you and all MBM’ers, wherever they are. Some of them will be in 2023 already, I’m sure. Here’s to another year of great sports. Plus some Scottish football as well, of course.”

Partey won the ball off Lamptey high up the field, with Zinchenko then finding Martinelli on the left side of the area. His shot took two deflections before reaching Saka, who controlled the ball deftly and swept it past Sanchez on the half-volley. That’s a quietly superb finish.

Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka scores their first goal. Photograph: Tony Obrien/Reuters

GOAL! Brighton 0-1 Arsenal (Saka 2)

Buyako Saka scores after 64 seconds!

Arsenal's English midfielder Bukayo Saka celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal.
Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka celebrates after opening the scoring. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

1 min Peep peep! After a slight delay due to a problem with the fourth official’s technology, Arsenal got the match under way.

The players have gathered around the center circle to pay tribute to Pele, football’s first all-time great.

Report: Man City 1-1 Everton

Who knew Arsenal would finish 2022 with a debt of gratitude to Frank Lampard.

“Dear Rob,” writes Manoah Jones, before providing one of the best typos of the year. “Long-suffering goober from Kenya.” Seeing the City result I want to hope… But history Rob. History. Trust Arsenal to Arsenal it.”

They haven’t Arsenaled it that often, have they? 1986-87, 2002-03 and 2013-14 are the obvious ones in my lifetime, plus maybe one or two seasons under Wenger towards the end of the 2000s. Until about 25 minutes ago, I thought this brilliant run was just setting them up for heartbreak; now I’m not so sure.

“2022 has been a dismal year for Everton fans,” writes Mary Waltz, although she didn’t actually say ‘dismal’. “But at the death of this year a miracle has happened. Not a child, but Everton gets a point at Etihad. Ulcer-inducing but we hung on!

Full time: Manchester City 1-1 Everton

My word. Demarai Gray’s spectacular equalizer has given Everton an unlikely draw at the Etihad. It means that, if Arsenal win tonight, they’ll go seven clear points at the top of the Premier League. If they’re not careful, they might win the bloody thing.

Half-term reports

Team news

Brighton make two changes from their win at Southampton in the week. Tariq Lamptey and Billy Gilmour replace Joel Veltman, who is on the bench, and Moises Caicedo, who isn’t. He’s suspended.

Oleksandr Zinchenko replace Kieran Tierney at left-back for Arsenal, the only change from the win over West Ham.

Brighton (4-2-3-1) Sánchez; Lamptey, Dunk, Colwill, Estupinan; Gilmour, Gross; March, Lallana, Mitoma; Trossard.
Substitutes: Steele, Van Hecke, Veltman, Turns, Moran, Hinshelwood, Sarmiento, Enciso, Ferguson.

Arsenal (4-1-4-1) Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Party; Saka, Odegaard, Xhaka, Martinelli; Nketiah.
Substitutes: Turner, Tierney, Holding, Cedric, Tomiyasu, Vieira, Lokonga, Elneny, Marquinhos.

Referee Anthony Taylor.

Preamble

Hello and welcome to live coverage of Brighton v Arsenal at the Amex Stadium. Whatever happens tonight, Arsenal will be top of the table going into 2023, but they’d very much like to restore* their five-point lead over Manchester City.

Brighton are difficult opponents, who have already won twice at the Emirates this year, so the last Premier League game of the year should be a good one.

Kick off 5.30 pm.

* Or even extend it, because as I type Everton have just equalized at the Etihad.

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