But he repaid Mikel Arteta for handing him a starting spot against Brighton after 20 minutes. After receiving the ball from Reiss Nelson on the edge of the box, the striker looped the ball over Luke Steele and into the top corner. Arsenal have been dumped out of the EFL Cup at third round stage as Brighton claimed a comeback win, with Mikel Arteta’s fringe players failing to impress. Though it was a much-changed Gunners line-up, the Italian will be delighted with how his side performed, particularly in the second-half. A large amount of the credit for the win can be placed at De Zerbi’s door, with the Brighton boss making two changes at half-time to swing the tie in his side’s favour. Brighton fullback Tariq Lampety sealed the win for the visitors with 20 minutes to go when he burst down the wing before slotting past Hein. Here, Mirror Football looks at five talking points from the EFL Cup clash. Arsenal have developed a reputation for possessing a tight defence in their charge to the top of the Premier League this season. But those credentials took a blow on Wednesday night, with the hosts’ backline being pulled apart by Brighton. Arsenal’s opening goal came from a brilliant strike from Eddie Nketiah for his third of the season. Nketiah has struggled to find the back of the net since the away trip to Bodo/Glimt at the start of October. Eddie Nketiah opened the scoring with a wonderful finish after Reiss Nelson’s brilliant run, before Danny Welbeck equalised from the penalty spot after an error from Gunners debutant Karl Hein. Arsenal dominated the second-half, but fell behind when Kaoru Mitoma fired in after a Brighton counter-attack cut through the hosts’ defence. With Arsenal totally dominant before Mitoma fired in, it will deeply disappoint Arteta that his defence fell apart so badly. Three of the starting back four were frontline options, though none of them can hold their heads high after a poor night. First, Welbeck was able to ghost t 欧冠竞彩推荐 hrough to win his penalty, before the Gunners were left all at sea by a Brighton counter-attack which Mitoma finished off to put his side ahead. Cedric Soares in particular endured a difficult night and he was unable to prevent Lampety from sealing the win. READ MORE After starring in the hammering of Nottingham Forest, Reiss Nelson once again maintained his push to be handed more game-time. He lined up on the left wing and played a pi 欧冠竞彩官方 votal role in Arsenal’s opening goal. While this is almost certainly his last start before the break for the World Cup, Nketiah has put the pressure on Gabriel Jesus to end his own goal drought. Jesus has gone five Premier League games without hitting the back of the net, and Nketiah is using the EFL Cup to his advantage. Having decided to rest Aaron Ramsdale, Arteta opted to hand a start to 20-year-old Karl Hein. It was the Estonian’s senior debut, having mainly featured for Arsenal’s Under-21s up to this point. He terrorised Joel Veltman, completing all of his attempted dribbles and winning both of his attacking duels in the first-half. The winger could certainly be key when Arteta comes to rotating his side when the games begin to pile up in the second half of the season. In a marked change from Potter’s time in charge of Brighton, the Italian has also helped his side find their scoring boots. This is the fourth game since he took charge in which the Seagulls have scored at least three goals, with the South Coast side proving to be great entertainers under De Zebri’s man 欧冠竞猜平台 agement. Nelson picked up a loose ball in his own half before sprinting through the Brighton defence and playing in Nketiah to finish. Given the accusations Arteta has faced about overplaying Bukayo Saka, Nelson proved once again that he could be an option on the wing. He was lucky to stay on the pitch to see Welbeck score the penalty, and continued to look shaky thereafter. His pass accuracy was also poor, suggesting that Arteta’s decision to trust in youth backfired on this occasion. HAVE YOUR SAY! Who was man of the match as Arsenal faced Brighton in the EFL Cup? Comment below. Roberto de Zerbi has impressed since replacing Graham Potter as Brighton manager, winning his last two Premier League games. And he extended his winning run in charge of the Seagulls with this comeback victory over Arsenal. But it was a night to forget for the goalkeeper as he experienced a nightmare moment that led to Brighton’s equaliser. Hein slipped as Danny Welbeck broke through, before tripping the striker and giving away a penalty.
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