Brighton Hold Gunners for A Draw
Arsenal’s last trip to the south coast had ended in a shock defeat at Southampton 10 days earlier but they avoided another damaging result thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 13th goal of the season and a much more solid defensive display than that at St Mary’s. Jürgen Locadia, though, equalised to give Chris Hughton’s side an invaluable point after a run of three defeats of their own.
It was still a frustrating night for Arsenal’s travelling supporters, that frustration summed up at the final whistle when Unai Emery kicked a stray water bottle that spun into the crowd behind him. The Arsenal manager apologised but his side have become becalmed of late and the Spaniard will not need reminding of Tottenham’s contrasting vibrant form over the holiday period.
Locadia, a Dutch forward who cost Brighton £14m, has not had the happiest of times at the club and this was his first goal of the season. Hughton was the more content manager, with Arsenal ending the evening 13 points adrift of Liverpool, whom they meet at Anfield on Saturday night. Brighton had to endure a torrid start and deserved their precious point.