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Unsung Hero: Brighton’s Dan Burn shackled Nicolas Pepe in last-gasp win over Arsenal

Unsung Hero: Brighton’s Dan Burn shackled Nicolas Pepe in last-gasp win over Arsenal - Brighton News

Brighton took a step towards Premier League safety with a dramatic 2-1 win over Arsenal yesterday afternoon, their first in the division in 2020.

The Seagulls had to come from behind at the Amex Stadium after Nicolas Pepe fired the Gunners in front but levelled through Lewis Dunk and then snatched victory with a 95th-minute goal from Neal Maupay. [via Sky Sports]

Albion’s day got even better after West Ham and Bournemouth both suffered defeat, with those results enabling Graham Potter’s team to pull five points clear of the relegation zone.

While Dunk prodded home the equalising goal, one of his fellow defenders made an unheralded yet vital contribution to his team’s overdue Premier League victory.

Dan Burn had the job of shackling Pepe and, while the Arsenal winger did open the scoring at the Amex Stadium, that was the only shot he was afforded all afternoon, while the Ivorian managed only one successful dribble out of five attempted (as per Sofascore).

The Brighton left-back recorded no fewer than seven clearances in a stellar defensive display, more than anyone else on the pitch, and also won two tackles as well as getting two crosses in at the other end (via Sofascore).

Several reporters covering the game acknowledged Burn’s impressive contribution afterwards. In The Mirror, Sam Meade wrote that the 28-year-old “kept Pepe quiet” on what “looked a difficult afternoon on paper”. Derren Brown of Brighton & Hove Independent hailed “another solid display at left back” and wrote that the defender “was a threat from set pieces”.

If the Seagulls go on to ensure their Premier League status for another season, yesterday’s win could well be recalled as a turning point in their 2019/20 campaign – and Burn’s excellent defensive display was a key reason for their successful completion of a league double over Arsenal this term.

Brighton fans, how good was Burn yesterday? Share your views in the comments section below!


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