Alexandre Lacazette scored 21 seconds after coming off the bench to give Arsenal a 1-0 victory over Brighton.
The forward harvested Bukayo Saka’s cut-back with his first touch after replacing Gabriel Martinelli in the 66th minute at Amex Stadium before recovering and shooting a clinical finish in the corner.
The goal secured Arsenal a second straight win after their 3-1 win over Chelsea on Boxing Day, giving them back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since their first two games of the season.
But they were forced to work for it by Brighton, who would have gone to the half-time break without the unnecessary finish by Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Alexis Mac Allister.
Arsenal looked transformed in the second half, however, coming close to scoring numerous times before Lacazette broke the deadlock, his goal dropping Arsenal from 15th to 13th in the Premier League table and pushing Brighton closer to the relegation zone.
Full match report to follow …
Arsenal continue their Premier League campaign at West Brom on Saturday January 2, with a kick-off at 8 p.m. Brighton welcomes Wolves the same day, live Sky Sports Premier League HD from 5 p.m., with kick-off at 5.30 p.m.