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Arsenal’s cup run shows no signs of slowing down as Mikel Arteta’s side snapped their 11-match Premier League unbeaten run with a 3-0 win at Brighton.

Bukayo Saka’s first-half penalty put Arsenal at the Amex Stadium, Kai Havertz and ex-Brighton man Leandro Trossard to finish things off, as the north London club secured a 4-2 win at Crystal Palace to keep the north Londoners top of the league.

Liverpool can return to the top of the league after Sunday’s game against Manchester United, but Arsenal’s title hopes are in poor health.

Art de Roche breaks down the main talking points from Amex.

Saka continues to deliver when necessary

Bucayo Saka’s compassion continues to reach new heights.

The winger has been involved in 30 goals for Arsenal in all competitions this season They edged Brighton with their fifth Premier League penalty of the season.

Go Deeper

Arsenal started the season with a change of players. Saka, Martin Odegaard and Kai Havertz all took penalties before the New Year, but the England international has since become the only player in the league to score all three.

The 22-year-old’s last two games (today at Brighton and the penalty shootout against Porto) have shown his ferocity. Both were drilled to the goalkeeper’s right, with neither Diogo Costa nor Bart Verbruggen having a chance to save.

Saka had some bright moments in the game – a first-half spot-kick that created a chance for Gabriel Jesus – but was still finding his rhythm when he returned to Arsenal’s starting line-up. Just earlier this season, his output has put the team through a tough time.

He has now scored his best goal in the Premier League (14 goals was his record last season). with seven The games to play will break that and will continue to be crucial to Arsenal’s title hopes.

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Bukayo Saka opens the scoring from the penalty spot (Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Havertz, Jesus and the importance of movement off the ball

Kai Havertz’s 10th goal of the season in all competitions to give Arsenal a two-goal cushion was reassuring, but the importance of his and his team-mates’ off-the-ball performance cannot be overstated.

Brighton’s early confidence meant Arsenal’s attack was not fluid at the start and it was the German’s run that helped disrupt matters. In the first half, Havertz put Jesus through but the Brazilian’s header went wide.

Go Deeper

Havertz’s dynamic on the left with Jesus in the center is still a bit new. Both players have played in those positions this season but this is only the second time they have started in those roles, with last week’s goalless draw against Manchester City the first.

Havertz’s desire to stretch the line worked well. An early shot for Jesus forced him to save on the edge of the box and he took several touches to move the ball as he got wide before winning Arsenal’s penalty. That allowed Brighton to move back into defense and restore the importance of off-the-ball movement – which was restored in the unlikely form of Jorginho.

While Saka was on the floor, Jorginho created Odegard’s thoughts in a layered way. He had to play That’s what he said. Passing Havertz’s double move to find space in the six-yard box was equally instructive for Jorginho, resulting in a simple finish that put Arsenal in complete control. The finish saw the 24-year-old German score his 1000th Premier League goal this season.

Chip Havertz, who beat Leonardo Trossard late, has five goals and four assists in seven games.

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Havertz celebrates with Jorginho after scoring (Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Arsenal have every chance if they win the title.

This is the second time Arsenal have conceded a goal in the Premier League. In addition, David Raya became the first Spanish goalkeeper to keep 5 clean sheets in away games in the Premier League.

It was Arsenal’s seventh goal in 11 league games in 2024, a feat considering Arteta’s recent change in selection.

Go Deeper

Go deeper

Arteta’s belief in his teammates could make Arsenal even stronger.

Oleksandr Zinchenko’s start against Brighton was a bit of a surprise. The left-back needs more rhythm ahead of the end-of-season run – and this game would have helped him build that – but Jakub Kiwier’s late impact with his physicality has made him a better fit at the Amex.

That’s not only because of Zinchenko, but because of how the entire left arm works. Ahead of Jesus on the left wing, the forward was sometimes given space to attack Brighton Zinchenko. For example, in the first half, this happened when Jesus pressed up or couldn’t check his shoulder, leaving behind the gap used by Tariq Lamptey, who scored free kicks on the Arsenal defender.

Brighton also isolated Zinchenko with direct balls into the channel but Arsenal weathered those storms well.

How the defensive partnership on the left develops – especially with Takehiro Tomiyasu and Gabriel Martinelli both returning from injury – could be interesting to watch in the coming weeks.

Once two and then three goals ahead, Arsenal’s efforts to pull clear saw Djibril’s late strike tipped over by Joao Pedro. But if he hadn’t gotten there, someone else certainly would have. The team celebration showed how much this team wants to dominate.

What’s up with Mikel Arteta?

“Really happy, really proud of the boys. I think they put in a good performance to beat this Brighton team. Unbeaten (at home in the league) since August; It tells you the difficulty of our task today. The kids were great.

“It’s a really tough place to come and win, but with the way we’ve done it and the formula. Hopefully, yes, we can continue to do what we’re doing.

“I think we are in a very good time. We have a healthy team with good energy and personal and team confidence. We have to keep doing what we are doing.

Next Arsenal?

Tuesday, April 9: Bayern Munich (H), Champions League, 8pm UK, 3pm ET

Sunday April 14: Aston Villa (H), Premier League, 4.30pm UK, 11.30am ET

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