Four matches unbeaten in all competitions and with confidence high, now is a good time to be a Brighton fan. Yes, that’s right, the opposition on Saturday are also in a high spirits. This won’t be easy for Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta’s side are also in healthy run of form with four unbeaten in all competitions, although that stretch is comprised of four victories with just a solitary goal conceded. Heading into this fixture the outlook is distinctly rosier than but a few weeks ago.
It’s sixth against tenth with a four-point difference separating the sides ahead of what is an unwelcome international break, arguably for both teams.
The previous run of World Cup qualifiers came at an ideal time for Arsenal who desperately needed to regroup and refocus, with new arrivals and new partnerships getting valuable time on the training ground to absorb the manager’s ideas and bond as a team. This time around Arteta will just want to play unobstructed.
Brighton vs Arsenal Premier League preview: Mikel Arteta’s side looking for fourth straight league win against Graham Potter’s men on Saturday
If all goes well with results falling Arsenal’s way ahead of the October break the Gunners could be into the lofty heights of seventh in the Premier League table. That, however, is irrelevant at this stage.null
As ever, it comes back to the old adage of one game at a time: Arsenal could win and still be tenth, just as they could lose and still be around tenth. This is one game where building momentum and putting points on the board is all that matters. No looking at the table just yet.
This is a side not out of the woods. Focus remains on putting in a strong performance, improving overall, and replicating upon the elements that saw Tottenham blown away in the North London Derby.
Winning both meetings last season was a fresh change for Arsenal having only won one of the six top-flight clashes since the Seagulls gained promotion in 2017. However, Graham Potter has put his stamp on the ‘xG kings’ and got them finally converting their chances, so this will be far from easy.
Win here and Arteta can start proving his side might just be turning a corner. He’s made progress in the past few weeks, it’s all about consistency now.
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Arsenal Predicted Lineup vs Brighton – 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3?
Arsenal: Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Sambi, Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang