Alexandre Lacazette scored just 29 seconds after coming off the bench to give the Gunners back-to-back wins for just the second time this season.
Mikel Arteta says Arsenal’s narrow victory over Brighton Tuesday was “extremely important” as the Gunners’ season took on a different complexion after three more points.
After the 3-1 win over Chelsea on Boxing Day, Arsenal have now won consecutive games for the first time since the first two games of the season.
Alexandre Lacazette’s excellent finish after Bukayo Saka soaring to the right was the only goal as Arteta’s team came off the right side of a close game.
The victory took Arsenal to 13th place in the Premier League, nine points out of the relegation zone and with the top half close at hand.
“I’m proud for the boys and happy with the result. Lacazette is having a good time. He is full of confidence. We wanted to change the team in the second half and give it freshness.
“We weren’t threatening in some areas. In the second half we looked a lot more confident and we were playing more forward.
“The best medicine is to win. It’s a different world and a different story. The picture is much better.”
As 2020 draws to a close, Arteta reflects on a tumultuous full calendar year at Emirates Stadium.
His first successes and FA Cup The victories are distant memories now but, as the new year begins, the Spaniard is hoping for more positive times to come.
“For any manager, it is [been] quite difficult given the context – it was quite a challenge. I have suffered at times, but I have great people around me. “
As Arsenal moved away from the last three, Brighton’s loss left the Seagulls just two points from the drop zone.
“If you don’t score and they do, then that’s it,” manager Graham Potter said.
“Our pace of work was really, really good. We failed and got nothing. We are suffering at the moment. The level at which we play, the opposition itself has qualities and can score with just one chance. .
“We think we’ve always performed well. We’ve been in games. In this league you are suffering, but you have to stay together.
“There are no easy games in this league. Nothing changes from our point of view. Every game is a fight.”