Arsenal must keep fighting

It’s a game week and Arsenal, hope to continue building from their Boxing Day’s victory over Chelsea at the Emirates last week. Mikel Arteta’s side will be aiming to keep climbing up the Premier League table when they travel to the South coast to play Brighton & Hove Albion for the Tuesday night PL show.

To be reminded, the host will be coming into the game after their 2-2 draw last week against West-Ham United, a match which Brighton were equalized twice on Sunday to end their hope of getting out of a five-match winless run in the top, with the Seagull’s position becoming as hot as that of their visitor each week.

Graham Potter, the Brighton coach will be hoping his team can get a win here since the draw against West-Ham was a fair one for his side, and that will give them a bit of morale to come at their opponent with all they have, as they are just hovering above the dotted line as they managed to climb above Burnley into 16th position.

Hopefully, Arsenal would not take the underwhelming performance by Brighton as a favor to them as the Coastal side, has shown in every match that their loss and poor performances are not a reflection of their true self as they have the capability to score goals and outrun their opponents at every chance given, Arsenal, shouldn’t feel sorry for them but go at it with all they have to gift themselves a boost for a continuous good run.

Arsenal, who hasn’t won a game in 7 PL matches before hosting Chelsea at the Emirates, a match many fans would have and could have counted as a loss have proven that they still have bullets in the canon, a match which arguably is their best performance this season winning the match 3-1 with goals from Alexandre Lacazette,  Granit Xhaka, and Bukayo Saka, while Tammy Abraham scored for the blues.

On history, Arsenal has not won a PL game at Amex Stadium, note that they lost back to back last season {2-1 in both games} and the hostilities between Maupay and Arsenal will resume as his last-minute goal will not be forgotten, but hopefully, a turnaround will happen, but Arsenal’s former player, Danny Welbeck will be playing against the Gunners.

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on Martinelli and Tierney…

“I think both of them were really good, really good understanding, a lot of energy, really good communication and courage as well. They were really positive every time we were attacking, with the runs, playing forward, they were both involved in a lot of good attacking actions so I am really pleased with them.”

~ Mikel Arteta

TEAM NEWS:

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION:

Tariq Lamptey did not feature in the draw against the Hammers, but supporters are assured the hamstring injury is not so serious and the highly-rated right-back will be available soon.

David Propper is in line for a recall.

Joel Veltman can be handed a start by Potter if Lamptey remains sidelined for the visit of Mikel Arteta’s men.

Adam Lallana is likely to miss out with a groin problem.

ARSENAL:

Gabriel Mangalehes will miss this game and the next against West-Bromwich Albion, after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for Corona-Virus.

David Luis will not be available for the match as he is ill but has tested negative for Covid-19.

Willian who also tested negative for Covid-19 is also ruled out of the match as he is also not well to play.

Thomas Partey will not also feature for the game as he won’t have recovered in time for the game at the South Coast.

Pierre Aubameyang shook off the calf injury as he made the bench in the match against Chelsea, and Nicolas Pepe could also feature on the flank.

 

POSSIBLE LINEUP:

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

Sanchez

Webster, Dunk, Burn, Veltman.

Bissouma, Propper, March, Maupay.

Trossard, Welbeck.

ARSENAL

Leno

Bellerin, Holding, Mari, Tierney.

Xhaka, Ceballos, Smith Rowe, Pepe.

Aubameyang, Lacazette.

PREDICTION:

Brighton and Hove Albion have become a sort of Bogey-man team who prefers opponents to be on the run while they stick to counter-attack, and they have been a threat to Arsenal since getting the promotion to the top league, but they might not be able to frustrate Arsenal that much if Mikel Arteta uses a good pressing midfield style.

So for the prediction, it is a win for Arsenal {B. Hove 1 – 2 Arsenal}

Arsenal faces West-Bromwich in their next game and we hope the season is turning around for the gunners faithfully fans.

We wish you Merry Christmas & a Prosperous New-Year in Advance.

COYG!!!

Match Preview by Adeyemo Adesola