PREVIEW: Brighton & Hove Albion vs Arsenal

Arsenal visit the South coast to face Brighton this evening looking to maintain the pressure on their title rivals at the top of the table.

With Manchester City playing at lunchtime, The Gunners may well find themselves in third before kick off, but know a win will take them back to the summit. 

Injury News - Arsenal

Bukayo Saka missed out through injury in the midweek win over Luton and remains a doubt heading into the game with Brighton. Following the Luton game, Mikel Arteta said: "He was close but again he felt something in a very similar area against City and it was a very short turnaround. Hopefully he’ll be able to train again and we can have him for the weekend."

Jurrien Timber continues to be assessed but it isnlikepy that he will play for the U21s before returning to first-team action.

Injury News - Brighton

Sole March, Jack Hinshelwood, Karou Mitoma, Billy Gilmour, Adam Webster and James Milner are all ruled out with various injuries. Meanwhile Evan Ferguson is a doubt with a foot injury.


The Gunners returned to winning ways on Wednesday with a comfortable 2-0 win over Luton. They have won nine of their last ten fixtures, conceding just four times since the turn of the year.

Brighton on the other hand drew away at Brentford in midweek and have won just one of their last five games in the league. They have lost just once at home in the league this season.

Recent History

Arsenal have played Brighton on 29 occasions and have won 16, drawn five and lost eight. 

The Gunners beat Brighton 2-0 at The Emirates back in December with goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kai Havertz. 

Arsenal have lost five of their last ten encounters with Brighton, but did win 4-2 away on New Year's Eve last season.

Played For Both

In the current squads, Ben White and Leandro Trossard both joined Arsenal from Brighton, while Danny Welbeck now plies his trade for The Seagulls. 

Arsenal legend Liam Brady didn't play for Brighton, but did manage them in 1993 to produce a link between the two clubs. While at the helm he brought across several players on loan from Arsenal, including Mark Flatts and Paul Dickov.

More recently Gavin Hoyte and Chuba Akpom have both joined on loan from Arsenal.


Arsenal will expect a far tougher test than the one they were presented with on Wednesday but will look to keep momentum going in the league ahead of their Champions League tie with Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

We should expect Arteta to name a strong side and I think Arsenal will have just about enough to get the job done. 

Brighton 1-2 Arsenal