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Arsenal 2-0 Brighton: the Gunners player ratings

Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Arsenal notched up a pleasant 2-0 victory over the Seagulls on Sunday afternoon. The Gunners are now fifth in the Premier League table, level on points with last season's champions, Chelsea.

While keeping a confidence-boosting clean sheet, goals from Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi provided Arsene Wenger with the perfect gift as the Frenchman celebrated his 21st anniversary of taking over the reins from former boss George Graham.
Although Brighton's goalkeeper, Matthew Ryan enjoyed a brilliant day between the sticks, Monreal put the Gunners in front when he exploited a scramble in the Brighton area to bag his first goal since March 2013. The home side were then guilty of wasting a number of chances.

However, the pressure soon told and after 10 minutes of second-half domination, Alexis Sanchez picked his way through the opposition's defence and set-up Iwobi with a clever back-heel. Arsenal's lead had doubled. They forcefully moved for a third; Brighton held firm but left north London with nothing to show for their efforts.

Here are the Gunners player ratings from their 2-0 win over Brighton

Petr Cech - 6

Even though he was guilty of flapping at a corner when trying to come off his line, the Arsenal goalkeeper had very little to do. Brighton threw caution to the wind late on, but Cech's clean sheet remained intact.

Rob Holding – 6

He was looking a little scared in the early stages before eventually settling down. The 90-minute outing will have strengthened Holding's confidence.

Shkodran Mustafi – 7

A brilliant performance at both ends of the field that was only blighted late on when he let Glenn Murray steal in ahead of him to have a golden opportunity to score. Mustafi showed leadership qualities at the back, which will impress Wenger.

Nacho Monreal – 8

The Spaniard opened the scoring with his first goal in four-and-a-half years. Monreal acted quickest to Xhaka's free-kick, and he also prevented Brighton counter-attacking on several occasions.

Hector Bellerin – 7

The Spanish full-back delivered a solid performance. Bellerin linked up well with Sanchez on the right-hand side and enjoyed attacking Brighton's vulnerable defence late on.

Aaron Ramsey – 6

Looked frustrated as everything he tried just didn't come off on Sunday afternoon. Ramsey later moved to a deeper role, but his passing was on the heavy side and his best effort on goal was well saved.

Granit Xhaka – 7

The Swiss midfielder's threatening free-kick helped to produce Arsenal's opening goal, as it caused panic in the Brighton penalty area. Xhaka tackled well but was guilty of being wasteful at times. Overall, a mature display.

Sead Kolasinac – 7

Unlucky not to have scored when his header was cleared off the line from Sanchez's corner. Kolasinac is a real threat coming forward due to his size and skill. However, he was caught out positionally on occasions.

Alex Iwobi – 8

Retuned from a thigh injury with a goal. Iwobi delighted in the central role that he was afforded with two mazy runs in the first half. After the break, his performance was rewarded when he scored Arsenal's second.

Alexis Sanchez – 8

The beating heart of this Arsenal side was at his most lively, constantly tormenting the Brighton back four. Sanchez had chances to score but couldn't convert. However, he did provide an assist for Iwobi.

Alexandre Lacazette – 7

The only thing that stops him from receiving a higher mark is the number of chances he missed. A lively beginning saw Lacazette crack a powerful half-volley against the post, but his next two chances were stopped and a later one ended with a tame finish.
George Seyi
passionate about everything football, forever loyal to Barcelona

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