Arsenal secure crucial 1-0 Premier League win at Brighton

The Gunners will now kick off the New Year in 13th place after Alexandre Lacazette secured a vital three points.

Despite showing signs of moving in the right direction in recent weeks, the Gunners were second best in the first half, as Brighton created the better chances.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh’s low drive was the best Graham Potter’s team could muster in the first 45 with Bernd Leno equal to his effort.

Arteta’s side did slowly begin to turn the tide after the break as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tested Robert Sanchez and Gabriel Martinelli fired over.

And as Arsenal found themselves in the ascendency late on, Lacazette grabbed his chance to put them in front.

Bukayo Saka’s driving run had the Brighton defence on the back foot and Lacazette collected his square ball to fire home.

Neither side were able to create a grandstand finish on the south coast as Arsenal grabbed back to back wins for the first time since the opening day.

Full Time at the Amex Stadium it’s Brighton 0 Arsenal 1

Sheffield United held to frustrating 1-1 Premier League draw at Brighton

But a late goal from substitute Danny Welbeck held the luckless Blades to a 1-1 draw.

Both sides struggled to get into a rhythm in the opening half hour with Aaron Connolly scuffed effort and David McGoldrick’s clever free kick the only real chances.

But a slow burner of a tie drifting to half time, Chris Wilder’s task was made even harder as John Lundstram was sent off for a lunge at Joel Veltman.

United were forced to dig in after restart before Jadon Bogle buried his first Blades goal on the hour.

McGoldrick did brilliantly to hold the ball up and slip in the former Derby man to smash past Robert Sanchez.

The Seagulls were swift in their response with Adam Webster bringing the best from Aaron Ramsdale and Connolly headed a gift-wrapped chance over the bar.

But with all the pressure being applied the Blades goal, they eventually cracked with five minutes left, as Welbeck sharply turned home a loose ball.

Brighton substitute Alireza Jahanbakhsh did almost net a bizarre own goal in added time but the Blades bad luck struck once again.

Full Time at the AMEX Stadium it’s Brighton 1 Sheffield United 1