Arsenal end the year with seven points gap on the top of the table

Premier League

With a thrilling victory at Brighton, Arsenal increased its lead over the competition at the top to seven points.

This result increases Arsenal’s lead going into 2023 together with Manchester City’s 1-1 draw with Everton.

Prior to Kaoru Mitoma’s goal, the visitors had a 3-0 lead owing to goals from Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, and Eddie Nketiah.

Before Evan Ferguson added Brighton’s second goal with his first league goal, Gabriel Martinelli put any jitters to rest with Arsenal’s fourth goal.

Mitoma’s second goal was disallowed, preventing the home crowd from witnessing a spectacular finish, and Arsenal held on to earn a well-earned three points.

For the opening hour, Brighton lagged far behind, but after Martinelli restored the three-goal lead, they exhibited great energy to once again cut the deficit in half through Ferguson.

When Mitoma appeared to have scored again with two minutes left, they were certain they had made it 4-3, but a VAR review proved the Japanese midfielder was just slightly offside.

With both teams having played 16 games, Arsenal returns to action against Newcastle United on Tuesday with a convincing advantage over the defending champions City.

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