Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw by a resilient Brighton side as the Gunners lost ground on the sides above them in the race for the top four.
Having lost here at the back-end of last season, Unai Emery’s side got off to the best possible start to avenge their demons, when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s instinctive curling strike found the top corner of the net inside seven minutes.
Arsenal’s lack of ruthlessness in front of goal cost them however, when from their own corner, a Brighton counter saw Jurgen Locadia round goalkeeper Bernd Leno and slot home to level things up.
The home side’s goal seemed to galvanise them, and created a greater sense of urgency in their play in the second half. With Arsenal throwing everything at Brighton to find a winner, the hosts stood impressively firm and in the end were well worth their point.
Coming off the back of three successive defeats in the Premier League, Chris Hughton’s side were always going to face an uphill task to earn any kind of positive result against a rejuvenated Arsenal side. But in a display of real spirit and desire, the Seagulls were rewarded with a hard-fought point against a strong Arsenal side.