Arsenal’s season just keeps getting better and better.
On Sunday, Gabriel’s finish, from mere picometres out, saw the Gunners beat Chelsea 1-0 in West London.
The game was far more once-sided than that would suggest, indicated by the xG scores: 0.24-2.38.
Arsenal have now won three successive visits to Stamford Bridge for the first time since 1951, becoming the first club ever to achieve this in the Premier League era.
So, having won 11 of 13 league matches this season, Mikel Arteta’s team return to the top of the table, two clear of Manchester City.
The Gunners reached the semi-finals of this competition last season, but haven’t lifted the League Cup since 1993.
So, will Arsenal avoid a first third round exit in eight years?
Brighton & Hove Albion meanwhile have started to find their mojo under Roberto De Zerbi.
On Saturday, goals from Adam Lallana, Kaoru Mitoma and Pascal Groß saw the Seagulls beat ten-man Wolves 3-2 at Molineux.
A week earlier, De Zerbi had overseen his first victory as Brighton boss, demolishing Chelsea 4-1 at the Amex.
These back-to-back wins leave them sixth in the table, above both Chelsea and Liverpool.
In the previous round, Deniz Undav, Steven Alzate and Evan Ferguson were all on target as Albion hammered Forest Green 3-0.
Here, can Brighton burst Arsenal bubble in North London?