A small rivalry is starting to build between these two clubs, largely in part to the improved form of Brighton and the drop off from the Gunners, though mostly due to two late Neal Maupay winners in the season before last which ruffled a few Arsenal feathers.
Since the Seagulls were promoted to the Premier League, these two have an identical W3-D2-L3 record in head-to-heads, and with the hosts looking to go top of the table with a win (albeit having played a game more) this could be another heated clash.
Brighton currently sit sixth in the table after an electric start to the campaign, though they’ve not been the most prolific by any stretch of the imagination as they’ve failed to score more than twice in any of their eight outings in all competitions. In fact, they’ve managed that feat just twice in their last 32 matches so we wouldn’t expect them to put their visitors to the sword.
Arsenal had a horror start to the campaign as hey lost their opening three matches to nil, though three consecutive wins, including a convincing 3-1 victory over North London rivals Tottenham will have restored some faith in Mikel Arteta and brought some confidence back into the camp.
The Gunners won five matches in a row at the end of last season when all was done and dusted, though prior to that the last time they had managed four was in October 2018, so it’s not as though they’re accustomed to going on winning streaks.
Since the beginning of 2016/17, Arsenal have gone just W3-D5-L16 away to sides operating in the top-six of the table at the time of playing, losing their first such game of each of the last three seasons.
The Seagulls have a mediocre record when hosting middle-third sides like Arsenal, going just W4-D6-L5 under Graham Potter, though it should be noted there’s been a recent improvement in such games as they’ve won three of their last four, achieving win/win half-time/full-time results in all three.
Neal Maupay To Score Anytime
Maupay poses the most obvious threat for the hosts here, with Thierry Henry pleading to the French striker to take it easy on his old side.
He has sunk Arsenal hearts on two separate occasions with late winners, with those two matches to only time he’s started in the league against the Gunners, and he’ll be desperate to get on the scoresheet again here.
The 25-year-old has four goals already this season and there’s every suggestion that his run is going to continue.
Granit Xhaka is ruled out for his side here having picked up a knock in the North London derby, but the return of Thomas Partey is timely and Ainsley Maitland Niles or Sambi Lokonga will be battling out for that other deep midfield spot, and that could be an area of the park the hosts look to exploit.
NEAL MAUPAY TO SCORE ANYTIME