5 things that made lockdown seem more bearable as Brighton & Hove Albion beat Arsenal for the third time in three years
1) Albion have been transparent and extremely community minded throughout the coronavirus crisis, from communication with fans regarding tickets and calling up the more vulnerable to setting up the Albion As One fund. This shows the depth and strength of the football club in the twin cities and how much the club gives back to Brighton and Hove, even though the conurbation literally turned its back on the club in the dark days of 1997 and 1998. Albion deserved this win both on and off the pitch.
2) Ezequiel Schelotto’s probable homemade haircut and how much the “greyhound” looked more accomplished at full back and showed some nice touches.
3) In six Premier League fixtures against Arsenal since October 2017, the Gunners have won one, there have been two draws and Albion have won three times, including a memorable night at the Emirates last December. When the Seagulls were last in the top flight in the 1980s Arsenal were very much their bogey team. Now that seems to have reversed.
4) The revelation that is Alexis Mac Allister. The Argentine international played for a few minutes in Albion’s previous match at Wolves in March. He came on for Yves Bissouma just as the clock ticked past 90 minutes on Saturday and played the telling pass that allowed Aaron Connolly to flick the ball into Neal Maupay’s path for Albion’s sensational 95th minute winner – the Seagulls latest ever winning goal in the top flight.
5) The way Neal Maupay conducted himself after he was grabbed by the throat by Matteo Guendouzi, preferring to make his feelings known in the post-match MOTD interview rather than on pitch. He should be further commended for apologising for his involvement in Bernd Leno’s freak accident in first half.
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