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Arsenal Go into Break with 2-0 Brighton Win

Arsenal put what has been a good month for the club to bed with a convincing 2-0 win against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Emirates this afternoon.Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi were the goal scorers on the day, with Alexis Sanchez’s assist for the second goal the undoubted stand-out highlight from the display. The away side performed well to their credit, although Arsenal were sharp and the score could have been much higher, with defenders Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk performing admirably for Chris Hughton’s side to ensure that wasn’t to be the case. The Gunners are particularly potent when playing newly promoted teams at the Emirates - with the last loss coming in 2010 against Hughton’s Newcastle united side – and today’s victory was no different, in what was a convincing performance as it begins to appear that Arsene Wenger and his side have finally begun to settle into the season following a tumultuous opening month.Playing with the defensive trio that has worked well as of late, Arsenal started positively, with striker Alexandre Lacazette having a strike from distance hit the post after just a minute of the match had elapsed. If it had found the net, it would have been a potential goal of the season, contender, but it wasn’t to be for Arsenal… at least not yet.With 16 minutes on the clock, the breakthrough was made. The Seagulls box was filled with red shirts, with Shkrodan Mustafi the first to take a punt, only for Duffy to clear it off the line – but only to the feet of Monreal, who found himself with space in the middle of the box to swipe the ball home. While Arsenal remained comfortable following the goal, Brighton threatened a number of time, none more so than Solly March, who found himself on the end of a beautifully executed free kick routine, but who’s shot clattered the upright after beating Petr Cech.Before the half finished, it looked certain Aaron Ramsey would score from a header following a nice move between Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac, only for Albion goalkeeper Matthew Ryan to stop the effort with his leg despite diving the wrong way.The points were secured 11 minutes into the second half of the game when Alex Iwobi, starting once again in the stead of the injured Mesut Ozil, found the net thanks to an audacious back heel assist from Sanchez.Iwobi laid the ball off to the on-rushing Chilean, who found himself surrounded on the edge of the box, but did very well to neatly set the 19-year-old up, who planted a finish high past Ryan.The final half hour of the game seen Wenger’s side threaten a number more times, with Kolasinac having a header cleared off the line by March following a corner; Lacazette denied with a last-ditched saving tackle by Dunk; with the defender also managing to scoop a Sanchez effort just wide of the post.While the away side didn’t come away with anything, they also finished strongly, with a header from substitute striker Glenn Murray flashing narrowly wide of the near post, co9ming very close to giving something for the travelling supporters to leave North London with their heads held high about. The final whistle blew, an Arsenal went in to the international break with another 3 points on the board, leaving them in 5th place in the table – drawn with Chelsea, 1 point behind Tottenham and still 6 points off the two Manchester clubs at the top of the table – a stark contrast to last month’s international break, with Arsenal entering the rest period on the back of a 4-0 loss to Liverpool.The stand-out performers on the day were Nacho Monreal, who has done exceptionally in recent times to ensure that he is one of the first names on the team sheet at the moment; Alexis Sanchez, who is thankfully doing a good job of mending his reputation at Arsenal, with performances like this one an indicator of just how important he is to the team; and Alex Iwobi, who got his name on the scoresheet, but did so much more as well. Sharp, inventive and playing with confidence. Arsenal secured 10 points in 4 games in September, with this win joining victories against Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion, as well as a respectable draw away at Chelsea. It’s exactly the kind of month in the league that Wenger would have been hoping for, and it’s difficult to fault him or the team as of-late as performances have improved. That being said, it has not been worthwhile if it’s not built upon in the coming weeks, and the Frenchman will be acutely aware of this. Up next in the league for the Gunners are some games that, on-paper, look promising, but as supporters know, it’s not always that easy.October’s league games are: Watford away on October 14th, a turbulent Everton away on October 22nd and Swansea City at the Emirates on the 28th of October. All inherently winnable games for a team hoping to make their mark towards the top of the table, and that’s what the side will need to do to have any chance of catching the admittedly impressive looking Manchester sides.Wenger now has two weeks to catch his breath and hope that his players on international duty come out unscathed, so that the accomplishments of what has been a promising month for the club can be continued.