Monreal and Iwobi on target as Arsenal beat the Seagulls
Arsenal beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon.
Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi were on target to secure the Gunners all three points.
The result ensured Arsenal maintained their 100% home win record in the Premier League, EFL Cup and Europa League this season.
Arsenal have now won their last 11 games at the Emirates in all competitions, their second longest ever run at the ground (12 between May and November 2009).
The Gunners have kept four successive Premier League clean sheets for the first time since May 2014.
Arsene Wenger made nine changes to the side that started against BATE Borisov in the Europa League on Thursday. With only Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi starting again today.
The match marked the 21st anniversary of Wenger’s arrival at the club.
Brighton are the 45th different club that Wenger has defeated in the Premier League – more than any other manager in the competition’s history.
The match nearly got off to a spectacular start with Alexandre Lacazette hitting the post with a shot from outside the penalty area.
It was the closest the Frenchman came to scoring in his first four home appearances for Arsenal.
The Gunners did take the lead in the 16th minute after the Seagulls failed to clear a free kick.
After the ball pin-balled around the crowded penalty area, Monreal shot low past Matt Ryan into the net to open the scoring.
It was Monreal’s fourth goal for Arsenal in all competitions, with each coming at a different ground.
Brighton nearly equalised when from a clever free kick routine on the edge of the penalty area, Solly March struck a post from 20 yards with Petr Cech beaten.
Arsenal went close to doubling their lead after a rapid counter-attack that started on the edge of their penalty ended with Aaron Ramsey being foiled at the other end by Ryan.
The Gunners dominated much of the second half, but had to be content with only one further goal.
That came from Iwobi in the 56th minute after a flowing move involving Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey and Lacazette.
Sanchez set up Iwobi with a sublime back-heel and Iwobi fired the ball past Ryan into the net.
It was the sixth goal of Iwobi’s Arsenal career.
Sanchez has had a hand in 35 Premier League goals since the start of last season (24 goals, 11 assists), more than double any other Arsenal player in that time (Mesut Ozil, 17).
The win ensures Arsenal go into the International break six points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.
The Gunners now are unbeaten in their last 32 Premier League matches against newly-promoted sides (W26 D5), collecting 86 points from a possible 96 since losing 1-2 to QPR in March 2012.
Brighton were playing at the Emirates Stadium for the first time today, and have still never won an away match at Arsenal in all competitions in seven attempts (D1 L6), scoring just one goal in those six matches.
The Seagulls are yet to win an away game in league or cup this season, scoring only one goal.
Next up for Arsenal is a Premier League trip to face Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday 14th October (5.3pm kick-off UK time).
Arsenal: Cech 6, Bellerin 6, Kolasinac 6, Holding 7, Mustafi, 7, Monreal 8, Xhaka 6 (Elneny) Ramsey 6, Iwobi 7 (Walcott), Sanchez 7, Lacazette 6 (Giroud)