Brighton humiliate Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.
The title aspirations of Arsenal were severely undermined following their defeat to Brighton, thereby enabling Manchester City to require just one victory to secure their fifth Premier League title in six years.
Arsenal required a reaction subsequent to Manchester City’s 3-0 triumph over Everton earlier on Sunday, which resulted in Mikel Arteta’s team falling behind by four points in the title race.
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During the match, Leandro Trossard hit the bar against his former club, which was a source of frustration for Arsenal. Additionally, Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka both made attempts at scoring, but were unsuccessful. Eventually, Julio Enciso’s close-range header resulted in Brighton taking the lead.
Deniz Undav extended the lead by scoring a goal with a lob over Aaron Ramsdale in the 86th minute, followed by Pervis Estupinan’s goal in the 96th minute, which added to Arsenal’s defeat.
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If City secures a victory against Chelsea at home (16:00 BST) next Sunday, they will clinch the Premier League title in front of their home crowd. This will hold true even if Arsenal manages to defeat Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Saturday (17:30).
If Arsenal loses at Forest, City will be confirmed as champions without playing on Saturday.
During the game, which was characterised by numerous minor fouls, Arsenal suffered the loss of their Brazilian forward, Gabriel Martinelli, due to an injury sustained in the first half. The injury was caused by a foul committed by Moises Caicedo, the Ecuadorian midfielder for Brighton, who Arsenal had attempted to acquire in January.
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Brighton, a team currently vying for a spot in Europe for the first time, had previously come close to scoring through Enciso. However, the Paraguayan forward’s 51st-minute goal came as a surprise to the Emirates.
The victory propelled the Seagulls to the sixth position on the league table with 58 points, surpassing both Aston Villa and Tottenham. They are currently four points behind Liverpool, who are in fifth place, with one game in hand.
Arsenal’s potential maximum point tally is 87, whereas Manchester City currently has 85 points and is set to play against Chelsea (at home), Brighton (away), and Brentford (away).