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Arsenal 1-3 Brighton: Player Ratings as Gunners crash out of EFL Cup

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Brighton continued their incredible form by beating the Premier League leaders.

Brighton defeated Arsenal 3-1 in their EFL Cup game on Wednesday. The Seagulls pulled off an unexpected comeback to beat their in-form opponents.

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Arsenal started the game as the better side but showed clear signs of defensive problems right from the beginning.

Following a quick counter-attack, Eddie Nketiah opened the scoring for the Gunners with a sublime curler from inside the box.

But a penalty for Brighton got them back into the game in the 27th minute. Danny Welbeck stepped up to convert the spot-kick against his former side, with Arsenal then failing their immediate efforts to restore the lead.

Brighton started the second period on a brilliant note despite Arsenal maintaining their attacking edge.

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Kaoru Mitoma made it 2-1 for the Seagulls two minutes before the hour mark. A similar goal to Nketiah’s opener, the goal forced Arsenal to take more risks when going forward.

The Gunners made several serious chances to snatch the equalizer but couldn’t stop Brighton from securing their win with a 71st-minute goal.

A fantastic run by Tariq Lamptey put him in a one-on-one situation against Karl Hein. The English star then made it 3-1 with a precise low shot, ending Arsenal’s hopes for a comeback.

Player Ratings

Arsenal: Hein (5); Cedric (6), Holding (6), Saliba (7), Tierney (7); Lokonga (6), Elneny (5), Vieira (6); Nelson (7), Nketiah (7), Marquinhos (7).

Bench: Zinchenko (7), Magalhaes (6), Martinelli (5), Xhaka (6), Jesus (7).

Brighton: Steele (6); Lamptey (7), Dunk (7), Caicedo (5), Veltman (6); Gilmour (7), Colwill (7), Enciso (6); Sarmiento (6), March (6), Welbeck (7).

Bench: Estupinan (6), Webster (7), Gross (7), Mitoma (7), Undav (6).