Brighton vs Arsenal Prediction and Analysis
Brighton vs. Arsenal is one of the most interesting matches of the New Year's round in the English Premier League schedule.
Not only because both teams are doing a very good 2022/23 season.
But also because it will be interesting to see how the Gunners will perform in this match against the Seagulls.
As Albion proved too much of a bite for Arteta's command in the 2022 calendar year - 2 losses in 2 games .
The last of them was very recently - in the month of November.
Then, in a League Cup match, Brighton won 3-1 away from home.
But I must mention that the Gunners were not in their starting line-up at all then .
Today, of course, will be different. And Arteta will step out at the Amex Stadium with his best.
I believe that the team from North London will approach this difficult away game absolutely seriously.
As they suffered their only loss in the Premier League so far, it was away to Man United.
In my opinion, the experience and class of guests here is greater. Therefore, my prediction is that they will win, albeit a difficult one.
Brighton - statistics and info
Brighton returned to winning ways after their League Cup penalty shoot-out loss against League One rivals Charlton.
The Seagulls recorded a convincing 3-1 success in their visit to Southampton.
A goalkeeping mistake by Gavin Bazunu allowed Adam Lallana to score against his former club.
And Romain Perroud's own goal put Albion in a comfortable position at the break.
Solly Marsh's long-range strike made their lead a classic.
James Ward-Prowse managed just a consolation goal for the Saints towards the end of the match.
Manager Roberto De Zerbi cited the match as Brighton's best performance during his tenure.
"For the quality of the game, the strategy of the game, it was a fantastic day," said the Italian.
"For me, the most important thing is not the result, but how much my players follow me.
I am very happy. We played probably the best match with me as a coach. We are improving.”
However, since beating Man Utd at the start of the season, Brighton's record against Top 6 teams is 2 draws and 2 losses .
Arsenal - statistics and info
Arsenal have built up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League ahead of the World Cup break.
And returned to action with a 3-1 success against West Ham on Boxing Day.
Although the Hammers secured a half-time advantage thanks to a Saeed Benrahma penalty.
However, showing plenty of self-belief , the Gunners hit back through Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah.
Reflecting on whether his side can stay at the top, manager Mikel Arteta said:
“What I tell them is that we have to focus on ourselves .
We cannot control what the opponents will do, how good they will become or how many points they will win or lose.''
The Spaniard added:
"Boxing Day is a wonderful day to play football and I think the performance was at the level we are at."
Most importantly, Arsenal have consistently shown they can come through tough situations.
As five of their last 10 league wins were by exactly one goal difference .
Squads and injured footballers
Lineups: Sanchez; Veltman, Dunk, Colville, Estupinan; Gilmore, Gross; March, Lalana, Mitoma; Trossard
Injured : Webster, Moder
Out: Mac Allister
Lineups: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Jacka, Party; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Nketia
Injured: Jesus, Nelson
League standings and form