Brighton will be delighted with their start to the season which has seen them win four, draw one and lose one of their opening six. They needed a late goal from Neal Maupay on Monday night to rescue a point in their meeting with Crystal Palace that finished 1-1. At the Amex, the Seagulls have played three times this season defeating Watford and Leicester and losing to Everton.
The pressure was on Mikel Arteta after starting the season with three defeats from the first three but three successive victories has calmed things down and they sit tenth. They were impressive in a 3-1 defeat of Spurs last weekend with a goal each for Smith-Rowe, Saka and Aubameyang. Away from the Emirates, they have lost just two of their last ten, though both of those came this season.
Brighton vs Arsenal: Match Stats
Shane Duffy has had a remarkable return to the Brighton first team and has impressed in both boxes. Brighton will likely look at the way Ivan Toney and Brentford bullied Arsenal at set-pieces earlier in the season and try do the same here. The presence of Gabriel definitely helps Ben White deal with this specific weakness in his game but with so many targets in the Brighton team then Duffy might find himself in a mismatch. Backing him to score at any time looks the best bet in this tricky looking fixture.
Kieran Tierney is another defender who looks capable of getting on the scoresheet and goes off at great value here. Tierney is given licence to get forward from the flanks in this Arsenal system and the Scot is being under-valued by the bookmakers here.
29 December 2020: Brighton 0-1 Arsenal- Premier League
20 June 2020: Brighton 2-1 Arsenal- Premier League
5 December 2019: Arsenal 1-2 Brighton- Premier League
5 May 2019: Arsenal 1-1 Brighton- Premier League
The Gunners won both meetings between the sides last season though it was the Seagulls who won both clashes in the campaign before. It is honours even over the last eight clashes with three wins each and two draws. Nicolas Pepe enjoys this fixture with three goals from his last three against Brighton.