Brighton left North-London empty handed on Sunday lunchtime after losing 2-0 to a rampant Arsenal.
Nacho Monreal put Arsene Wenger’s side ahead just after the quarter-hour mark, with Alex Iwobi doubling their lead 11 minutes into the second half.
Chris Hughton made three changes from last weekend’s 1-0 win over Newcastle. Izzy Brown made his return from injury to lead the line in place of Tomer Hemed, who served the first of his three-match ban. Markus Suttner and Anthony Knockaert dropped to the bench for Gatean Bong and Jose Izquierdo, the latter making his first league start for the club since joining from Club Brugge in the summer.
The home side were on the front foot for most of the opening 45 minutes, as they looked to break Albion down with their trademark passing play.
The Seagulls found themselves camped behind the ball for most of the half and almost went behind just over a minute in. Alexandra Lacazette let rip from 25 yards out, with his shot ricocheting off Maty Ryan’s left hand post.
Australian international Ryan found himself the busiest player on the pitch, making stops from Alexis Sanchez and Iwobi efforts before the Gunners broke the deadlock on 16 minutes.
Sanchez’s free kick from the right caused a goalmouth scramble, with Hector Bellerin and Shkodran Mustafi having chances cleared before Monreal fired home from edge of the box.
Albion’s best chance of the half came 22 minutes in, as Dale Stephens knocked off a free kick to Solly March, whose shot from 20 yards came back off the post.
The Gunners continued to press, with Iwobi shrugging off a challenge from Stephens to get a shot away straight at Ryan on 28 minutes, with a Lewis Dunk slip-up six minutes later giving Lacazette a chance that he should have done better with.
Hughton’s side left themselves short at the back from a corner on 41 minutes, with five Arsenal players attacking on the counter against two Albion players at the back. Aaron Ramsey was teed up in the box, but Ryan made a great reaction save with his leg to prevent a second goal.
Both sides looked to start the second half in positive fashion, with Albion defender Lewis Dunk having a speculative shot from long range on 55 minutes straight at Petr Cech.
However they went further behind a minute, as a silky Sanchez backheel put Iwobi in space on the right to fire ball into the roof of the net from close range for Arsenal’s second.
The North-London side almost added a third just after the hour. Sanchez picked up the ball from a misplaced March pass and made darting run into box. The ball took a nick off Dunk on the line to divert it away from goal.
Albion’s travelling support thought they’d scored in the final ten minutes, as Pascal Gross’ cross from the left was met by the head of substitute Glenn Murray, however the ball rippled against the side netting. The Seagulls last effort saw Davy Propper send a curling effort wide in added on time.