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Arsenal 1-3 Brighton: Seagulls hit back to claim victory in Carabao Cup third-round tie | football news

Brighton came from behind to knock Arsenal out of the Carabao Cup by winning 3-1 in their third round tie.

Eddie Nketiah put Arsenal ahead at the Emirates Stadium, but the Seagulls hit back through a Danny Welbeck penalty, before second-half goals from Kaoru Mitoma and Tariq Lamptey put the equalizer beyond doubt.

It was only the second time in 20 seasons that Arsenal had failed to progress past the third round of this competition, while for Brighton it was the first time since 2011 that they had beaten a top side in this competition.

However, defeat could in many ways be a blessing in disguise for the Gunners, if they are to continue their charge at the top of the Premier League.

Brighton bounce back to reach the fourth round

It only took 20 minutes for a much changed Arsenal to find the breakthrough. Fabio Vieira broke the line with a through ball to Nketiah, who calmly deflected the ball past Jason Steele into the Brighton goal.

However, seven minutes later, the Gulls were level. It was a moment to forget for Karl Hein on his debut, as the 20-year-old slipped as he ran out of goal to close Welbeck, before bringing him down as he tried to recover the situation. Welbeck then stepped forward and sent the keeper the wrong way from 12 yards out.

Despite the mistake that turned the game on its head, Mikel Arteta backed his decision not to play Aaron Ramsdale or his usual number 2, Matt Turner.

“He deserved a chance,” said the Arsenal manager. “He is the starting goalkeeper for his team and that is not usual. [for his age]. If I had to choose the team again tomorrow, I would play it again, because you need the experience of playing matches. Mistakes are part of the game, it’s about how you react to the mistake.”

Arsenal started the second half stronger and came close, although Nketiah shook himself off the inside of the post. But it was Brighton who took the lead in the 58th minute when Jeremy Sarmiento’s run and pass found Mitoma in the box, and he doubled his shot past Hein to make it 2-1.

And they managed a third in the 71st minute when Lamptey burst into the box down the left channel, displaying his trademark burst of pace before slipping a finish under the helpless Hein.

Could lack of depth cost Arsenal momentum from the Premier League?

It was a chance for some of Arsenal’s second row to test themselves against Premier League opposition, with Arteta calling them up if need be in the top flight.

But it was a night when few of his supporting cast covered themselves in much glory. The drop between the starting XI and what lies below will be a cause for concern if they want to last the course and continue their push at the top of the league.

A few draft picks in January wouldn’t hurt if they’re going to continue with their current career because a series of injuries in the wrong places would quickly derail their progress.

“We know where we are,” Arteta said. “We also know the moment when we had certain injuries, that the squad is already very, very short, and we have tried to manage that in the best possible situation. But the same when we win a football game, so there are no excuses. “

De Zerbi: Brighton can play better

“We can play better,” said Brighton boss Robert De Zerbi. “We made stupid mistakes. But I’m happy for this win because we were a bit lucky in the first part of the second half as Arsenal could have scored two or three times.”

But I’m happy because we have a lot of young players who were playing for me for the first time, and it’s hard when you don’t play that much.

“For me it is very important to have a cup run and for this victory against Arsenal. It is an honor to win in this stadium, but we have to think about the next game tomorrow and prepare as best we can for the next game.” I want to win and play better.”

Whats Next?

Both teams have their last Premier League match before the World Cup this weekend. Arsenal heads to Wolves on Saturday Night Football, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 7:30pm, kick-off at 7:45pm

Saturday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.

Start 19:45


Brighton host Aston Villa in the first leg of Super Sunday, also live on Sky Sports Premier League from 1pm, kick-off at 2pm

Sunday, November 13, 1:00 p.m.

Start 14:00


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