Player Ratings: Arsenal 0-3 Brighton

Arsenal 0-3 Brighton: Player Ratings

Player Ratings: Arsenal 0-3 Brighton

Brighton and Hove Albion beat Arsenal 3-0 at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon to all but confirm Manchester City as 2022-23 Premier League champions. 

City simply need to beat underperforming Chelsea at the Etihad next Sunday to clinch the title after Mikel Arteta's side went down to a disappointing defeat against the Seagulls. 

Arsenal went close in the opening stages through a Martin Odegaard drive and a close range effort from Gabriel Jesus that Seagulls keeper Jason Steele blocked at the near post. Bukayo Saka also fired narrowly wide moments before the interval.

While Brighton's best chance of the first half came when the lively Kaoru Mitoma squared for Julio Enciso in the box, only for the 19-year-old Paraguayan to fire over, when well placed.

However, Roberto De Zerbi's Seagulls went ahead six minutes after the interval when Julio Incisio nodded home after Arsenal centre-back Jakub Kiwior inexplicably fell to the ground, allowing the 19-year-old Paraguyan space and time to finish. 

While it appeared that the Gunners January signing had been fouled in the build-up by Alexis Mac Allister, the point still stands that, as a centre-back, the Polish defender should have cleared his lines first and foremost while playing through the pain barrier - rather than crumpling to the floor much in the manner of an entitled striker. 

Brighton extended their lead with four minutes remaining when Deniz Undav lifts the ball over Aaron Ramsdale to double the visitors lead following former Brighton man, Leandro Trossard’s flick that was blocked by Pascal Gross in the build up. 

With eight minutes additional time added, a lively Brighton side made it three when Estupinan fired past Ramsdale to make it three - and effectively handing the title to Pep Guardiola's City, who had beaten Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park earlier in the day. 

Read on for our Player Ratings: 

GK - Aaron Ramsdale - 5/10 - Poor distribution that led to Brighton's second goal

RB - Ben White - 5/10 - Struggled with the long ball over the top 

CB - Jakub Kiwior - 2/10 - Not acceptable for a centre-back to go down the way he did to allow Brighton to score their opener. Already on sticky ground after ducking out of the way for Sporting Lisbon's goal in Portgual. Serious questions should be raised about this player 

CB - Gabriel - 5/10 - Battled well against talented teen Evan Ferguson.

LB - Kieran Tierney - 5/10 - Not his best game 

CM - Martin Odegaard - 5/10 - A long range effort flew narrowly wide early on but struggled to make an impact after a long season 

CM - Jorginho - 4/10 - Anonymous 

CM - Granit Xhaka - 5/10 - Worked hard but failed to influence proceedings 

RW - Bukayo Saka - 5/10 - Lively but not as influential as he would have like 

ST - Gabriel Jesus - 4/10 - Another who failed to perform at his best 

LW - Gabriel Martinelli - N/A - Injured early on.


Leandro Trossard - 4/10 - Hit the crossbar in the first half. At fault for Brighton's second goal

Thomas Partey - N/A.

Reiss Nelson - N/A.

Emile Smith Rowe - N/A.

NEW! Subscribe to our weekly Gooner Fanzine newsletter for all the latest news, views, and videos from the intelligent voice of Arsenal supporters since 1987.

Please note that we will not share your email address with any 3rd parties.

Article Rating

Leave a comment

Sign-in with your Online Gooner forum login to add your comment. If you do not have a login register here.