Arsenal captain and midfielder Martin Odegaard has spoken out about the team’s disappointing 3-0 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. The defeat was a major setback for Arsenal, who are currently in a tight race for the Premier League title.
Odegaard admitted that Brighton’s attacks on Arsenal’s right-hand side were too easy at times, which contributed to their defeat. “I don’t have any good answers to tell you what happened, but [it was] a big disappointment,” he told the media.
Despite the loss, Odegaard did not believe that mentality was an issue for Arsenal. “We were good going into the game but in the game was a different story and we have to accept it and learn from it,” he said.
The match started off evenly matched, with both teams struggling to create clear-cut chances in a cagey first half. However, Brighton took control of the game in the second half, scoring three goals to seal an impressive victory.
The first goal came in the 51st minute when Pervis Estupinan volleyed a cross into the ground and Julio Enciso headed in from close range. Brighton doubled their lead in the 86th minute when Pascal Gross won the ball with some brilliant pressing and Deniz Undav lifted a shot over Aaron Ramsdale.
Brighton sealed their victory deep into injury time when Estupinan scored his first Premier League goal with a powerful strike from outside of the box.
The defeat leaves Arsenal four points behind league leaders Manchester City with just two games remaining. While their title hopes are not yet over, they will need to bounce back quickly if they want to keep pace with City.
Despite this setback, Arsenal can take heart from their strong season so far. They have been one of the most consistent teams in the league this year and have shown that they are capable of competing at the highest level.
With two games left to play, Arsenal will be hoping to finish the season on a high note and secure a top-two finish in the Premier League. While their loss to Brighton was disappointing, they will need to put it behind them quickly and focus on their upcoming matches.