Seagulls Flying High for Visit of Brighton

Thursday night’s 3 – 0 defeat at home to Manchester City plunged Arsenal into a deeper crisis than the same result four days earlier in the Carabao Cup final. In 2018, the Gunners lead the way in defeats suffered by a Premier League club across all competitions.

While there is something impressive in a club of Arsenal’s side sinking that low, it is of grave to concern to all concerned with fallen Premier League giants. Everywhere you look in the media, there are pictures of broken cannons and a manager sat on the touchline helpless as his team is bamboozled on the pitch.

The last thing he needs is a trip to a club which needs three points in its’ fight against relegation. That’s exactly what Arsenal have as they travel to Brighton and Hove Albion this Sunday.

Chris Hughton’s side may be twelfth in the table but they are only four points above Swansea City, currently occupying the last relegation spot. Unbeaten in six (W4, D2), the Seagulls have lost just one of the last eight at home (W5, D2).

Their three home defeats this season came against Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea where they were comprehensively outplayed in each game. In those matches, they shipped eleven goals, scoring just the once (vs. Liverpool).

Since the Chelsea defeat, Brighton’s three home games yielded 10 goals with one conceded in each. The games themselves saw over 3.5 goals at least.

Gunners in Freefall

Arsenal meanwhile are in freefall. Four of the last five ended in defeat, with just two of the last 10 away games ending in victory (D4, L4). Their three Premier League away games all came in 2017, with the three in 2018 all lost. Only twice in the last 10 on the road have Arsenal scored over 2 goals.

Arsenal have been drawing and losing at half-time/full-time in the last three matches; a run which the form book suggests may well continue this weekend. With Betfair offering up to £100 in free bets, this is a bet to consider for the match in the Amex Stadium.

The Gunners have won the last three meetings between the two sides with the two FA Cup ties in Sussex ending 3 – 2 in Arsenal’s favour. The Premier League meeting in north London earlier this season finished 2 – 0 to the Arsenal.

Brighton go into the game with Steve Sidwell and Jiri Skalak missing with Chris Hughton not expected to change his line-up from the weekend’s 4 – 1 demolition of Swansea City.

Arsene Wenger is without Santi Cazorla, Alexandre Lacazette and Nacho Monreal while an ankle injury may stop Jack Wilshere featuring. Changes might normally be expected following the two 3 – 0 defeats of the past week but Wenger’s options are limited at the back and even fewer up front.

Petr Cech still waits on his 200th Premier League clean sheet and such is Brighton’s form, this may yet be some time in arriving. The Arsenal backline will need to be vastly improved from recent tragedies suffered, with the usually goal-shy Glen Murray hitting a rich vein of form with seven goals in his last 10 games.

While it’s expected this will be a tight affair, it’s one game where Arsenal unexpectedly occupy the position of underdogs.

14 thoughts on “Seagulls Flying High for Visit of Brighton

  1. Glenn Murray has scored more this season than any Arsenal player; he scores penalties too.

  2. Cheers for the preview Yogi.
    Just the mention of Santi’s name in the squad brings a wee flutter to my chest. Is that symptomatic of the paucity of quality in our midfield or just a nostalgic old fool wishing?

  3. Admire the optimism boys but it’s not time for BAU … but time for revolution. Where is that once famous Red army when it’s needed most. Are we turning into the ‘prAwn sandwich brigade like that other lesser Red army up north? When did a bit of cold weather get in the way of protest. Get those thick parkas and snow boots on and let your voice be heard. Arsenal shareholders (whom Wenger is one) have been laughing all the way to the bank for years at our expense (we are paying highest ticket prices ever!) and lack of transfer activity expense.

    Enough is enough. Revolution … Liberty!

  4. Morning! This is one we should win, even in our current bad form. I expect a comfortable victory if I’m honest with lots of “see, I told you I could turn it around” type gloating afterwards for those receptive fans that have the memory of a goldfish. Brighton have a really difficult run-in facing all of the top six in their last ten games so they need the points badly. But I don’t think that they will get any today.

  5. DALM,

    Good point! It’s early…and I mistook the post for a match day preview. Have they sacked him yet? If you’re right maybe they will on Monday, we can always hope.

  6. Morning,

    Is this genuine?

    I haven’t seen a clearer statement that he has lost the dressing room. What’s the next step? Players tweeting #WENGEROUT?

    If the stubborn fool goes with the Ramsey/Xhaka pairing in midfield again I could see another drubbing. If we can’t score, shouldn’t we at least set up to ensure that they don’t? Vast open spaces might be great in the countryside, but not in Arsenal’s midfield.

  7. Wavey,

    It’s impossible that AW isn’t aware of the situation, of what the impact is on the players, yet he clings on. This is clearly not a man who has the club’s best interests at heart, only his own. It’s pure selfishness. it’s disrespectful of the club, the fans, and the staff he works with. He should remember that when he talks about respect, it’s a two way street.

  8. wasn’t there a team meeting after a defeat (I think by Blackburn in) ’97 at the start of his reign – and after that all was good …….

  9. If Mr Wenger is the honourable man that he thinks he is, he should analyse what he has done for the club over the last decade – and take the decision everyone expects. He cannot just keep on expecting everlasting thanks + huge payment for the initial eight seasons he gave us way way back. That’s history now. No one is going to take it away from him. But if he truly believes that the club still needs him after so much recent non-achievement, then something is really wrong with his line of thinking. It is best for everybody all round – club, supporters, players, himself, the lot – that a peaceful parting of the way is effected as early as possible, so that his successor can truly plan for next season. This one was botched from the beginning. We cannot afford more wastage of meaningless seasons – great harm has already been done to this once great club.

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