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Garth Crooks: Solly March caused Granit Xhaka acute embarrassment

Garth Crooks: Solly March caused Granit Xhaka acute embarrassment - Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton’s form in the Premier League has been dire for some time now.

So when Chris Hughton took his side to the Emirates with safety already secured, everyone thought that Arsenal would wipe the floor with them.

Glenn Murray, however, had other ideas when he calmly dispatched a penalty away on the hour mark to level the game.

And while the 35-year-old will take most of the plaudits for the role he played in that 1-1 draw with the north London club, team-mate Solly March has also come in for praise after winning his side’s spot kick.

“Against Arsenal, who seem to have lost their way under Unai Emery, Solly March was full of running,” Garth Crooks wrote in his BBC Sport team of the week column.

“The midfielder was always prepared to run in behind the home defence, causing Granit Xhaka acute embarrassment when he forced the Switzerland international to give away a clumsy penalty. There was a time when Champions League was nailed on the Gunners. Not any more.”

Out of all of Brighton’s players on the day, Crooks is certainly right to highlight March for his exploits in that surprise draw.

Alongside Yves Bissouma, the 24-year-old carried such a counter-attacking threat down the left-hand side.

As it often does, his end product probably let him down at times. But even so, with his pace and dribbling, March still caused Unai Emery’s men so many problems. They simply could not live with him.

If the former England U21 international can improve his final ball and add more goals to his game, then Hughton could have a real player on his hands.

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