Arsenal climbed to the top of the Premier League standings, although they made it considerably more tough than necessary by pummeling Brighton throughout 90 minutes at The Emirates, but only achieved a tense 2-0 victory.
Mikel Arteta watched helplessly as his Gunners missed opportunity after chance, stopped continuously by Brighton custodian Bart Verbruggen and the gutsy visitors defenders who pushed themselves in front of chances in large numbers.
As the game approached halfway without a goal, Gabriel Jesus finally put Arsenal ahead on 53 minutes with a header off a corner, although it wasn’t quite signed and sealed.
The opportunities kept coming for the hosts, but they couldn’t find a way to score.
With Brighton surviving the storm, Pascal Gross had their lone big chance in front of goal, a key moment in the game as he put a great opportunity wide with less than 10 minutes remaining.
After being placed on notice, the Gunners wasted no time in securing the three points, as Kai Havertz ultimately put the game out of reach with three minutes remaining in regulation.
Kai Havertz maintains his strong recent form and secures a well-deserved win for Arsenal. With a simple angled ball, replacement Eddie Nketiah placed him through on goal, and Havertz blasted a low shot past Verbruggen.