Brighton waste a chance to join leaders Arsenal in a stalemate.

Brighton miss chance to join leaders in a stalemate with Arsenal
Brighton waste a chance to join leaders Arsenal in a stalemate.

High-flying Brighton squandered an opportunity to draw level with Premier League leaders Chelsea following a dull goalless draw that stopped Arsenal’s winning streak.

Albion won a rain-soaked clash at the Amex Stadium but mustered just two shots on target as Leandro Trossard, Dan Burn, and Neal Maupay all missed great chances.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed against the outside of a post for the uninspired Gunners, denying them a fourth consecutive victory after starting the season with three straight defeats.

The Seagulls are fifth with 14 points from seven games, four places, and many points behind Mikel Arteta’s visitors.

Both teams entered the game on the heels of morale-boosting victories against their most fierce rivals.

On Sunday, Arsenal thrashed Tottenham 3-1 while Albion dug in for a last-gasp 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace the following evening.

Each of those fixtures came at the cost of one forced change. Albert Sambi Lokonga took the place of the injured Granit Xhaka in Arsenal’s midfield, while Albion brought in Jakub Moder in place of Danny Welbeck.

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Arteta’s men started livelier and came close in the 23rd minute as Aubameyang’s acute angle brushed the left upright.

However, Brighton was significantly more dangerous in the opening 45 minutes.

Brighton miss chance to join leaders in stalemate with Arsenal

Ben White, who returned to the south coast for the first time since his £50million summer departure, needed to be alert to deny Trossard from scoring following superb build-up play from Pascal Gross, Maupay, and Adam Lallana.

Burn then headed another decent chance over for the Seagulls before leading scorer Maupay hooked narrowly wide.

Graham Potter, Albion’s head coach, would have been delighted with the play structure but frustrated that none of the shots challenged Aaron Ramsdale.

The Gunners’ England goalkeeper appeared vulnerable earlier in the game when he misjudged a Maupay pass under pressure from Shane Duffy. He was relieved to accept a free-kick as the stretched Lewis Dunk fired over the gaping goal.

Arsenal began the second period with a new sense of purpose but few signs of the stalemate breaking.

Robert Sanchez, left, of Brighton collides with teammate Lewis Dunk and Arsenal’s Gabriel Magalhaes (Ashley Western/PA).

Arteta replied by substituting Nicolas Pepe for the ineffective Martin Odegaard, while Alexandre Lacazette eventually replaced Aubameyang.

Emile Smith Rowe was sent racing towards goal by Lacazette and Thomas Party in the 76th minute. Still, his low shot was deflected behind by the legs of Albion keeper Robert Sanchez, with Pepe pleading for the ball to be played across goal.

Brighton eventually tested Ramsdale nine minutes later, but Trossard’s attempt was feeble, and Solly March added another insipid effort.

Albion was ascending in the ascendancy, buoyed by the home crowd.

Ramsdale intercepted March’s header across goal as Maupay waited for a tap-in, while Duffy nodded a corner wide.

Moments afterward, central defender Duffy escaped a momentary scare when Smith Rowe collapsed in the box. Arsenal manager Arteta responded animatedly to the incident, but match official Jonathan Moss was unconcerned.

Duffy then fell in the opposing 18-yard box in added time due to a challenge from Gabriel Magalhaes. The VAR examined the issue and decided not to intervene as a dreary encounter concluded in a draw.

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