3 positives & negatives from Arsenal's 2-0 win over Brighton

  • Gabriel Jesus got on the scoresheet, while Martin Odegaard played liquid football, but Arsenal almost rued missed chances against Brighton

Arsenal FC v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League
Arsenal FC v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages
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Positive #3: Another Important Kai Havertz goal

Get Havertz closer to goal and he's the player Arteta and Arsenal thought he was when they paid Chelsea £65 million last summer. The German is on a scoring run that has to be turning heads after his fourth successful finish in seven matches across all competitions finally saw off Brighton.

Havertz is scoring important goals. Netting the clincher against Brighton can be added to a key equaliser at Luton and the late winner at Brentford.

He's always had the knack for clutch goals. See the winners for Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup finals as exhibits A and B.

Now Arsenal are the beneficiaries of Havertz's happy habit of scoring in big moments.

Negative #3: Arsenal not taking chances

Havertz chose the right moment to ease some not-inconsiderable tension at the Emirates Stadium. His 87th-minute game-sealing goal had taken too long to arrive, almost allowing a Brighton team distinctly off colour to snatch an undeserved point.

Had Pascal Gross made more of a gilt-edged chance just five minutes earlier, Brighton likely would have escaped with a draw. Some nice work between Gross and substitute Joao Pedro also had the chance to bear fruit and punish Arsenal's profligacy.

There were too many occasions when the Gunners overhit the final pass, didn't have bodies to meet a teasing cross or simply fluffed their lines when in shooting positions. Odegaard drew a fine save from Verbruggen, but he should have scored, while Saka hit the side netting with a chance he normally snatches with glee.

Ultimately, Arsenal got the points almost total dominance merited, but those points were harder to come by than necessary. Arteta has seen his team punished for not taking chances by Fulham, Tottenham and Aston Villa already this season.

Those punishments took seven points away from what should be an unstoppable title charge. It's a harsh lesson for the remainder of this campaign.