Two teams at opposite ends of the form table meet this weekend, Arsenal travelling to face relegation-threatened Brighton as they look to continue their recent progress.
Here is all you need to know about Saturday’s clash at the Amex Stadium:
Brighton may have lost just once in their past five league fixtures, but Graham Potter’s side are also winless in that time and need to start securing victories if they are to move away from the relegation places.
The Seagulls are two points outside the drop zone at present and are without a win in their past nine Premier League fixtures ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Arsenal, though will take heart after going unbeaten in their past four meetings with the Gunners.
Whisper it quietly, but Brighton will be looking at this fixture with an eye on securing precious points against Arteta’s developing side, the club facing daunting clashes against Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City in their next four fixtures.
Three consecutive league victories and an eight-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, Arteta’s methods are seemingly taking effect at the Emirates despite their disappointing Europa League exit to Olympiakos.
Arsenal remain ninth in the Premier League but are within just five points of fifth-placed Manchester United, Chelsea a further three ahead with the Gunners’ hopes of securing Champions League football looking difficult.
Only league leaders Liverpool have taken more points over their past eight fixtures, and the club will hope to continue their recent momentum ahead of the visit to Brighton this weekend.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remains firmly in the hunt for the Golden Boot with 17 goals to his name thus far, whilst the Gabon international’s suggestion he could be open to extending his stay at the club this week is likely to raise further optimism.
Arsenal 1-2 Brighton, 5th December 2019
Managerless Arsenal’s season reached a new low following a hugely disappointing defeat at the Emirates in December, Freddie Ljungberg’s first home game as interim manager ending in a shock loss to the Seagulls.
Adam Webster gave Brighton a first-half lead only to see Alexandre Lacazette head Arsenal level, before Neil Maupay stunned the hosts by heading home Aaron Mooy’s cross late on to secure a precious three points for Graham Potter’s side.
Defeat extended Arsenal’s winless run to nine games in all competitions, their worst run in over 30 years.
Predicted Line ups
Brighton: Ryan; Montoya, Webster, Dunk, Burn; Bissouma, Propper, Mooy; Trossard, March, Maupay
Arsenal: Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Mari, Saka; Ceballos, Xhaka, Ozil; Pepe, Aubameyang, Lacazette
Who is the referee?
How can I watch Brighton v Arsenal?
Live broadcasts of Brighton v Arsenal are not available to UK or US readers, though a repeat broadcast can be found on Sky Sports Premier League on Sunday March 15 for UK fans.
What time is kick off?
Brighton – 11/5
Draw – 5/2
Arsenal – 6/5