England’s European-competing clubs enter the EFL Cup Third Round this week, and over in north London, current Premier League table-toppers Arsenal welcome Brighton to the Emirates. Mikel Arteta’s men are firmly competing on four fronts this campaign and will want to maintain that trajectory for as long as possible.
The Gunners have been exceedingly impressive, establishing themselves as genuine title contenders in the Premier League a third of the way through the season, while in Europe it’s been a familiar tale of table-topping success, as they secured first in the Europa League’s Group A.
On the South Coast it’s been a paradoxically uplifting campaign for Brighton. Despite losing Graham Potter to Chelsea, Roberto De Zerbi has so far succeeded with distinction following an initially wobbly start. The Seagulls are above Chelsea in the Premier League and enter this contest off the back of a two-game winning streak. Touchline uncertainty has certainly not derailed their progress.
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Arsenal v Brighton match stats
Perhaps quite surprisingly, Arsenal’s recent record against Brighton doesn’t exactly paint a pretty picture. The Gunners have only sealed victory in two of their previous eight meetings against the Seagulls. Whether that mental block prevents them from oozing the kind of panache which has defined their season remains to be seen, but there can be no question Brighton have proven an awkward challenger in recent times. Don’t be surprised to see this one go the distance.
If Arsenal are going to hurt Brighton, though, then their best avenue may come through Bukayo Saka. The England winger is having another stellar campaign, particularly on the creative front. Only Kevin De Bruyne (nine) has registered more assists than Saka (six) in the Premier League this season. That kind of playmaker brilliance could be key here for the Gunners if they are struggling to unlock doors.
09 Apr 2022 – Arsenal 1-2 Brighton – Premier League
02 Oct 2021 – Brighton 0-0 Arsenal – Premier League
23 May 2021 – Arsenal 2-0 Brighton – Premier League
29 Dec 2020 – Brighton 0-1 Arsenal – Premier League
20 Jun 2020 – Brighton 2-1 Arsenal – Premier League
Only as recently as April have Brighton upset the Gunners in the capital. Goals from Leandro Trossard and Enock Mwepu secured Brighton a huge scalp and severely dented Arteta’s chances of making the top four.