Arsenal vs Brighton preview | Latest team news | Expected line-up’s | Prediction
Here is our match preview ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Brighton including team news, expected line-ups and prediction
Arsenal will be looking to keep the pressure on the top four with a win over Brighton at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.
We warmed up for the game by putting one foot in the Europa League final with a 3-1 comeback victory over Valencia in the first leg of our semi-final tie on Thursday night thanks largely to a double from Alexandre Lacazette.
However, Arsenal need to quickly turn their attention back to Premier League matters as we’re still in a fierce battle with Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United to finish in the top four this season.
Third-placed Spurs have once again opened the door to Arsenal after losing at Bournemouth earlier today so we can move to within just one point of our North London rivals with victory over Brighton.
A win would also keep us within touching distance of Chelsea – who’re currently two points ahead in fourth – and we need to be ready to pounce should Maurizio Sarri’s men fail to beat Watford in Sunday’s 2pm kick-off.
We’ll be up against a Brighton side that will be in celebratory mood after their Premier League status was secured for another year following Cardiff’s defeat to Crystal Palace this evening.
Arsenal will hand a late fitness test to Laurent Koscielny after he limped off against Valencia with an Achilles problem and I don’t think Unai Emery will risk the defender from the start tomorrow.
Aaron Ramsey has played his last game for Arsenal after being ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury while Denis Suarez, Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Danny Welbeck are also still on the sidelines.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is suspended after being sent off against Leicester last weekend so Carl Jenkinson could come in while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may get a rest ahead of the Valencia second leg.
Brighton will be without Davy Propper due to a hamstring problem while Beram Kayal will require a late fitness test after being forced off against Newcastle last week.
Arsenal 2-0 Brighton: Arsenal come in to the game in woeful form in the league having lost our last three games but we should be confident of securing all three points against Brighton tomorrow. The Seagulls have lost all 11 of their league away games against the ‘big six’ and are win-less in their last seven games. They also have nothing left to play for so this should be a routine home win for the Gunners.
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