Following successive 3-0 defeats to Manchester City, Arsenal will be raring to get back on track in their ever faltering quest for a top-four finish, starting with a visit to the Amex Stadium.
Chris ‘Hughtons side come into this fixture following a convincing 4-1 home win over Swansea City. and are doing their best to survive in the top division (hence their current placing of 12th).
Arsene Wenger’s side are on a poor run of form, and haven’t won since a 5-1 home win over Everton earlier last month. They need to get their act together if they’re to finish the season well.
The Seagulls have a poor record against the Gunners, having not won over the North London side since a 1-0 home win in September 1982. Can the duck be broken this weekend?
Last time out, Arsenal convincingly won 2-0 at the start of October. Goals from Nacho Monreal (first half), and Alex Iwobi (second half) saw Arsenal make light work of the promoted side.
There are no new injury worries for the Seagulls who are pleased to hear back-up winger Jiri Salak has returned to training having previously sustained an ankle injury in his sides fourth round FA Cup win away at Middlesbrough. Other than that, Steve Sidwell (ankle) is the only issue.
Having missed his side’s loss to Manchester City on Thursday through a slight knee problem, Jack Wilshere could be set to also miss this weekends encounter, thus joining the likes of Nacho Monreal (back), and Alexandre Lacazette (knee) on the sidelines.
With Arsenal being predictably unpredictable, backing them to win is an impossible bet. Brighton, on the other hand, would be full of confidence and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the side take the game to their opponents. Having not beaten a top-six side yet and out of form Arsenal side up next, that could be an incentive Hughton’s side could take if they’re to survive in the top division this season.
I feel this game could have the atmosphere of an FA Cup tie, especially with the promoted side playing at home.
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