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Brighton 0-3 Arsenal: Player ratings as Gunners keep pressure up in title race

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Arsenal picked up a comfortable 3-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion to end Saturday top of the Premier League.

The Gunners were good value for their lead when Bukayo Saka netted from the penalty spot in the first half, and Kai Havertz removed any doubt about the result by tapping home a Jorginho cross on the hour mark. Former Seagull Leandro Trossard rubbed salt in the wounds with a delightful finish late on.

Mikel Arteta’s side end the day one point clear of Liverpool at the top of the standings, with the Merseysiders scheduled to face Manchester United on Sunday.

Gabriel headed wide just 60 seconds in, but Brighton had their own half-sights of goal in the opening stages as both sides came out fast in search of a go-ahead goal.

Saka had his head in his hands after cutting inside and curling an excellent chance wide of Bart Verbruggen’s post, before the Englishman’s cut-back to Gabriel Jesus drew an excellent save from the Brighton stopper.

Arsenal kept coming and Jesus missed another great chance. Kai Havertz’s floated cross found him at the back post but Jesus could not keep his effort on target.

The pressure ultimately led to a penalty as Tariq Lamptey took Jesus down 31 minutes in. Saka sent Verbruggen the wrong way to give Arsenal a deserved lead.

David Raya needed to be at full stretch to deny Julio Enciso as the first half wound down, but Arsenal went into the break on top and gave Brighton a few more scares before the whistle was blown.

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