Arsenal continues fine form

Hello Gunners,

I am sure we are still buzzing from the win against our North-London Rivals, Tottenham Hotspur as goals from Smith Rowe, Aubameyang, and Bukayo Saka saw Arsenal clinch a 3-1 win against Spurs with a goal from Heung Min Son giving the Angels a goal in the Derby.

Arsenal now faces the season’s pacesetters Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex stadium this Saturday evening in the Premier League Battle with the Seagulls hoping for a win after a draw with Crystal Palace last week which saw Palace’s main man Wilfred Zaha scoring a penalty just before half time and the match was on as such until the dying minute when a poor clearance from Vincente Guaita gave Joel Veltman of Brighton the chance to set Neal Maupay on the run who in turn found Guaita who scored and made the match end at 1-1.

The draw did end Brighton & Hove’s 3 matches winning run across all tournaments and it is safe to say Graham Potter’s men have enjoyed a fine run lately and sits at 6th position in the league after six games but their pace will be tested against the big boys in the coming weeks but it is commendable that their only defeat this season has been to Everton, at home.

Only Manchester City and Chelsea can be proud to boast of more clean sheets than the Seagulls in the Premier League this season, but their opponent {the Arsenal} are on a high tide following their fine display and win over North London rivals…… Tottenham which we can say the form has elated even before last week’s match and the win was richly deserving in front of the home fans.

Emile Smith and Saka both penned down a goal and an Assist while captain Pierre Aubameyang AKA Aubame-clot-yang scored the second goal and made a homage celebration to former club captain Thierry Henry at the Emirates while a consolation for Tottenham came from Heung Min Son later on in the game and also a great save from Aaron Ramsdale late in the game to save a Moura shot which was headed home but was pushed to the bar by the stopper.

This has been four successive victories for Mikel Arteta’s side and for the first time in a long time we saw a celebration and appreciation from the fans for the Gunners boss and Arsenal now occupies the 10th position after 6 games and are the only team in the Premier League to have taken 9 points from the last 9 available.

The gunners seem a changed beast now that they seem to have found their desired defense pairing and the Medical room is almost empty excluding Granit Xhaka who got injured on the Sunday game and is set to be sidelined for 3 months without the need for surgery.

In recent times Brighton have lost just once to the Gunners since earning promotion in 2017 but was defeated twice by Arsenal last season.

FORM GUIDE:

BRIGHTON & HOVES {PL}: W L W W W D

ALL COMPETITIONS: W L W W W D.

ARSENAL {PL}: L L L W W W.

ALL COMPETITION: W L W W W.

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on playing Brighton...

It will be a really difficult game. They’ve been on a really good run. They are playing well and getting the results that they deserve. It’s a really competitive match that we are looking ahead to and we know the importance of it.

~ Mikel Arteta

THE BREAKDOWN:

TEAM NEWS:

BRIGHTON:

It has been confirmed by the club that Adam Webster will not be available till, after the international break, Steven Alzate and Striker Danny Welbeck both are being assessed as they had to come off during the game against Crystal Palace.

Arsenal’s summer target could feature in the next game while Enock Mwepu could also make his return from a groin injury.

ARSENAL:

Sad that Arsenal welcomed back Granit Xhaka from suspension but the Midfielder picked up an injury from the game against Tottenham which means Albert Sambi Lokonga could replace him and partner with Thomas Partey against Brighton for the rest of the year which of course, depends on Gaffer Mikel Arteta who apart from that, has a clean sheet in the injury bill.

It is not clear yet, but it seems like Aaron Ramsdale is here to fight and take the number one position of Bernd Leno, it won’t be surprised if a change in goalkeeper option happens this week but Aubameyang on the other hand has seen five goals in his last five games in all tournaments.

PROBABLE LINEUP:

BRIGHTON:

Sanchez; Dunk, Duffy, Burn, Veltman. Bissouma, Gross, Cucurella, Trossard. Conolly, Maupay.

ARSENAL:

Leno; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney. Lokonga, Partey, Saka, Odegaard. Rowe, Aubameyang.

PREDICTION:

Brighton seems to have lost form but never fails to spoil it for big teams, while Arsenal will want to retain this feeling therefore a prediction of Brighton & Hove Albion 0-3 Arsenal from me.

COYG!!

Match Preview by Adeyemo Sola