3 positives and negatives from Arsenal's resounding 3-0 win over Brighton

• Turning the pressure up

• Bukayo Saka limps off... again

• Passion front and centre

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Arsenal went top of the Premier League table with a 3-0 win away to Brighton, in a resounding result and performance.

Following Manchester City's 4-2 win at Crystal Palace and Liverpool's 3-1 win at home to Sheffield United on Thursday, Arsenal knew that only a win would see them return to the top of the Premier League table.

After squandering several great chances to take the lead early on, Arsenal eventually opened the scoring in the 33rd minute thanks to a Bukayo Saka penalty after Gabriel Jesus was tripped in the penalty area.

Kai Havertz
Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal FC - Premier League / Steve Bardens/GettyImages

The second half saw more control from Arsenal, who doubled their lead thanks to Kai Havertz (again), who fired home from a Jorginho cut-back before Leandro Trossard rounded off the victory by beating Bart Verbruggen in a one-on-one contest.

The win sees Arsenal, at least temporarily, retake top spot in the Premier League, although Liverpool could undo that with a win away to Manchester United on Sunday.

It was a complete performance, but there were also a few minor concerns so, with that in mind, here are three positives and negatives from the game.

Positive #1: Arsenal put the pressure on title rivals with statement win

Leandro Trossard
Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal FC - Premier League / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

The performance against Brighton was great to see, but the overriding storyline from the game is that Arsenal have once again put the pressure on Liverpool by taking top spot in the Premier League table.

Jurgen Klopp's side have to win away at Old Trafford if they are to keep the league title in their control, which is a far from ideal situation for the Reds to be in. There are still plenty of games to be played, and Arsenal have one of the hardest run-ins of the title hopefuls, but taking this step could be a huge moment to look back on come May.

As well as putting pressure on Liverpool, the performance itself was a statement. Arsenal became the first team to put three past Brighton at the American Express (AMEX) Stadium this season and just the second to keep a clean sheet there.

Few sides have exerted such dominance over the Seagulls this season, as prominent Brighton journalist Andy Naylor said on X (formerly Twitter):

This result will no doubt send a warning, and possibly nerves, to Liverpool and Manchester City, as Arsenal look to clinch their first Premier League title in 20 years.

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