It was a frantic 90 minutes at the Amex, as Arteta, was totally outclassed by Graham Potter in the first half of the game. Brighton have had 63% of the ball possession, and look significantly the better side. Arteta should be blamed for the draw today because, even though he identified the problem of his team, he failed to make a substitution in time for an impact.
The gunners were hoping to start the game in a similar fashion which they did against Tottenham last weekend, but Graham Potter's tactics was too good, and his players were determined not to allow that happen. Brighton were the better team in the first half, as they dominated Arsenal in almost all areas of the match.
Arsenal really missed Granit Xhaka in that midfield, as they struggled to contain the Brighton's high pressing system. There was no one in the team that could bring stability in the middle. Also, Aubameyang was unable to sustain pressure in the Brighton's half, hence, the reason for the low attacking play.
It seems Mikel Arteta spotted that his team struggled in this particular area, and at halftime, he sent Lacazette out for an intense warm up. I was expecting him to make the change immediately when the play resumed, but no, he waited till the 72nd minute before making the change. I am not a huge fan of Lacazette, but this is the kind of game he thrives in.
Immediately he was brought in, the dynamics of Arsenal play changed. He linked up well with Smith Rowe, and the youngster almost got a goal. Arteta's delayed change is what I feel cost Arsenal two extra points today. The gunners were lucky to go home with a point today because, had it been Brighton converted all their missed chances, it would have been a different story.
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