Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was content to escape Brighton with a goalless draw following a lackluster display by his side resurgent in a rain-soaked Amex stadium.
Top-flight hosts Albion won a lackluster Premier League encounter as the Gunners’ three-game winning streak came to an end.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed outside a post for the visitors in the first half, but the odds were limited, with just two attempts on target at each end.
“I think it was a point won because I don’t think we deserved more than that,” said Arteta, whose side arrived on the south coast backed by the North London derby victory over Tottenham last weekend.
“We deserved the point because we defended the last 15 or 20 meters of our field very well.
“But in the end we never felt in control of the game and we struggled to break their press and get a good passing streak and impose ourselves in the final third and they made it really hard for we.”
Brighton’s victory would have placed them level on points with leaders Chelsea.
The home side recorded 21 shots in total, but the vast majority were temperamental with Leandro Trossard, Dan Burn and Neal Maupay failing to capitalize on decent openings.
Arteta was pleased with his center-back partnership between Gabriel Magalhaes and Ben White, who was back in Sussex for the first time since his £ 50million summer move.
“They’ve never played together, Gabby still struggles with the language and they haven’t had time to work together in the preseason,” said the Spaniard.
“They got a really good connection, good chemistry, and I think their qualities matched and complemented each other really, very well and both were great.”
Brighton is in fifth place with 14 points in seven games after the stalemate, with Arsenal four places and as many points further.
Albion head coach Graham Potter said: “It’s always a point won because we didn’t have it at the start.
“The performance was fantastic from the guys, really proud of them, we played with real quality, real courage, real intensity against a high level team.
“We went end to end, we were brave with what we tried to do and it was a fantastic performance from us.”
Speaking about his team’s inability to make the most of their greatest opportunities, he added: “As I have said many times, this is the hardest part of the game. It’s a low scoring game, football.
“We created, we tried; personality, performance, courage, intensity, quality, we had it all.
“I’m so happy with them.”