Brighton knocked a much-changed Arsenal side out of the Carabao Cup, with debutant goalkeeper Karl Hein having a night to forget. The Gunners led the Premier League and qualified for the Europa League as group winners. Still, Mikel Arteta made ten changes for the match, and Brighton recovered from behind. Eddie Nketiah finished a great play to put the home side ahead before Hein collapsed and gave a penalty, which former Arsenal man Danny Welbeck leveled. Brighton advanced to the fourth round thanks to two breakaway goals after the break, first by substitute Kaoru Mitoma and subsequently by Tariq Lamptey.
Brighton maintains its strong form to stop Arsenal’s home run:
Brighton was the last away team to win. By doing so last season, they became the first away team to win here this season on Wednesday night. Is Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal facing a bogey team? On Wednesday night, it felt that way, as Roberto De Zerbi’s team extended their outstanding trend with another imaginative display against a firmer side. Arsenal had played 12 home games since their April loss to Brighton. They had won all of them. Then Brighton returned to north London with a new manager but the same expansive attitude. De Zerbi’s side was brilliant in long spells here, just as they were in their recent hammering of Chelsea.
Arsenal Game Play:
Arsenal’s 20-year-old goalkeeper makes his debut. Hein fell as he came out of his goal to receive an overhit pass. The ball had passed him by the time he regained his balance. Danny Welbeck was fouled, and the Brighton forward buried the following penalty against his former club. Arsenal went on to dominate the second half, although Brighton remained a threat, particularly after the arrival of Japan international Kaoru Mitoma. The winger has been in sensational form in recent weeks, and his finish here, curled into the same corner Nketiah found in the first half, reflected that. Arsenal left massive gaps in their midfield with a game on the line.
Arsenal Took the Great Place:
Arsenal’s exit from the League Cup is not a disaster in the grand scheme of their season, with the Europa League to contend with and a potential title challenge taking shape. On the other hand, defeat undoubtedly results in a loss of momentum and a great degree of frustration. “I am pleased with how the boys tried tonight and played, given the number of changes we had to make to safeguard the players.” But we wanted to stay in the tournament, and we were eliminated.” Eddie Nketiah curled into the far corner after Reiss Nelson had sliced through the Brighton middle to give Arsenal the lead in the first half.
Arsenal is eliminated from the Carabao Cup:
This Carabao Cup match against Brighton was supposed to be a showcase for Arsenal’s fringe players, but instead, it served as a reminder to Mikel Arteta of how clear his first team is right now. Few Arsenal players could take any credit from their team’s 3-1 defeat to Brighton in the third round. Arteta changed, with only centre-back William Saliba remaining from Sunday’s 1-0 win over Chelsea in the Premier League. This was a dramatic contrast to Arsenal’s performance at Stamford Bridge, where they looked like the Premier League’s top team.