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The Gunners’ victory over Brighton had repercussions beyond merely the seven-point lead Manchester City now has over them in the Premier League standings.

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With a thrilling 4-2 victory over Brighton, Arsenal put on yet another strong showing to record their fourteenth Premier League victory out of 16 games this season. Despite goals from Kaoru Mitoma and Evan Ferguson for Brighton, Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard both scored in the first half, while Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli added goals in the second half to secure the victory.

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After Manchester City lost to Everton earlier in the day, the margin increased to seven points as Mikel Arteta led his club to their fifth straight Premier League victory.

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Following Man City, Arsenal will host Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium on January 3 to face their closest rivals.

After failing to score the game-winning goal against Leeds, the Magpies lost their chance to tie City for first place in the standings. However, a victory for Eddie Howe’s team might reduce the deficit to six points, and if City defeats Chelsea, they could draw even with Arsenal.

Arsenal has been prevented from earning all possible points by only Manchester United and Southampton, and with their current total of 43, they have joined an elite group of teams that have had strong beginnings to Premier League campaigns.

Arsenal joins Tottenham (1960–61), Chelsea (2005–06), Man City (2017–18), and Liverpool as the only teams in English top-flight history to accumulate 43 points or more in the first 16 games of a season (3 points for a victory), according to OptaJoe (2019-20).

That is not the only outstanding statistic Arsenal has been associated with; the Gunners are also on pace to surpass the 102 points across 38 games set by title challenger Manchester City in the 2019–20 season.

If the Gunners continue to win games at the same rate they have over the first 16 games of the season, they will surpass that total. And

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