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Arsenal v Brighton: Seagulls Have Landed!

Arsenal v Brighton: Thanks To The Eagles The Seagulls Have Landed Safely And It`s The Bluebirds Who’ve Crashed Out! Team News. Manager Comments. Stats And Prediction.

By: Marc Gingell

Brighton, after an appalling Premier Season, are safe to do battle again and have a lot to thank their rivals Crystal Palace for. Not only did Roy Hodgson`s team beat Cardiff 3-2 yesterday, to end all hope Neil Warnock’s side had of staying up, they also lost to Brighton twice!

Arsenal, well beaten in their last three Premier League games, need three points to move within one point of Tottenham.

Match Details

5/5/2019 Emirates Stadium Arsenal (5) v Brighton (17)
KO:16:30 REF: A Taylor

Arsenal Team News

  • Unknown Return Date: Héctor Bellerín Knee injury. Rob Holding Anterior cruciate ligament. Danny Welbeck Ankle injury. Denis Suárez Groin Injury.
  • Expected Back 12 May: Aaron Ramsey Hamstring injury. Ainsley Maitland-Niles Suspended.
  • 75% Chance of Playing: Laurent Koscielny Fatigue.

Brighton Team News

  • Unknown Return Date: Davy Pröpper Hamstring injury. José Izquierdo Knee injury.

Opta Stats

  • Arsenal have lost none of their seven previous home meetings with Brighton in all competitions (W6 D1), with the Gunners conceding just one goal in those games.
  • No south coast side have ever won a Premier League away game against Arsenal (P32 W0 D7 L25).
  • Arsenal have lost their last three Premier League games – they’ve not lost four in a row in the competition since March 1995 under Stewart Houston.
  • Arsenal have only lost their last home league game of the season in one of the last 21 campaigns (1-2 vs Aston Villa in 2010-11), winning their last six in a row.
  • Only Cardiff and Huddersfield (10 each) have failed to score in more away Premier League games this season than Brighton (8), with the Seagulls also failing to score in each of their last three on the road.
  • Brighton have lost all 11 of their Premier League away games against ‘big six’ opposition by an aggregate score of 2-23.
  • Brighton are winless in their last seven Premier League games – they’ve never gone eight without a win in the competition before.
  • Arsenal have conceded 49 Premier League goals this season. Having conceded 51 goals last term, they could ship 50+ goals in consecutive top-flight campaigns for the first time since 1982-83/1983-84.
  • Arsenal have conceded three goals in their last three Premier League games – they last conceded as many in four consecutive league games back in November 1963.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 19 Premier League goals for Arsenal this season – he could become the sixth different player to net 20 in a single campaign for the Gunners and first since Alexis Sanchez in 2016-17.

Prediction

Now, this is going to sound strange. Brighton, with their Premier League status confirmed for another season, can play without pressure! But they also need to have some quality as well and Brighton don’t have a lot of that! They can, as they almost did at Tottenham, keep a clean sheet.

Arsenal 0 Brighton 0

 

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