While Arsenal’s victory at Brighton and Hove Albion was just a slender single goal, the manner of the success must surely have satisfied manager Mikel Arteta.
The Gunners have won two out of two wins over the festive season after weeks of not being able to get three points in the Premier League, and head into the new year with things looking better than they have for some time.
Most of this has to do with the rise of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, and Gabriel Martinelli as young people.
All three came to the side and transformed the way Arsenal worked in each game.
“Arsenal fans knew about these guys… Martinelli, Emile Smith Rowe, Saka… we saw what he did,” said Ian Wright, a former Gunners hero, on Match of the Day, quoted by the Daily Mirror.
It wasn’t quite working in the first half, but the courage they had, they kept trying to get into space, they kept trying to stretch Brighton. It went a lot better in the second half. Smith Rowe, his touch, his fitness, his energy. They’ve got you stretched.
Today, Saka was amazing when you looked at him… he practically kept the club upon his own with imagination for a little while. People were complaining about not scoring forwards, they were not having the chances to score.
Lacazette’s been coming on for 29 seconds, look at the precision, the precision. That’s what can happen if you give chances to the players.
“Those three boys, those three boys, literally turned it around for us in the last two matches.”