Freddie Ljunberg can be backed to earn his first victory as interim manager in front of home fans here, against Brighton who have struggled to impose themselves when facing the Premier League bigwigs.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Thursday, 5th December
Venue: Emirates stadium
TV Channel: Amazon Prime
Ljunberg’s first game in charge of Arsenal ended 2-2 versus Norwich, and they have now gone eight games without a win in all competitions. The Swede has since reflected on what went wrong at Carrow Road stating,
”Of course there’s a lot of reflection after a game, I’ve watched it twice now.”
“The general feeling is probably the same as I had after the match, we started extremely well, played very well offensively but had a problem transition-wise so they got shots on target and chances just from the transition of an eight-yard sprint, which we need to stop. So that’s something we will focus on.”
His charges will be in high spirits for this one, and will be psyched up deliver for the new man at the helm and as well, end their wait for a victory since October.
Their opponents Brighton have played Manchester United, Liverpool and Leicester City in their last three games and lost all. They are struggling to keep their heads above relegation waters and could be in trouble after the weekend, with a game versus Wolves to take in.
Arsenal could be unchanged from last weekend’s game, while Ljunberg will make necessary tweaks if need be during the game.
Dani Ceballos remains on the sidelines.
Only José Izquierdo and Bernardo are ruled out for the Seagulls who have an otherwise full side for the game.
Head to head
Arsenal’s supremacy is further backed up on their head to head basis, with the Gunners having won twelve of the last nineteen meetings in their history.
Brighton have won just thrice, and only one of those victories had come in the last nine clashes.
Arsenal have conceded at least twice in their last three league games.
Brighton have lost their last four away games in the Premier League.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in three of the last four matches between these two sides.
Arsenal have drawn all of their last three league games at the Emirates stadium but look primed for an overdue win from this one. Arsenal last five games in all competitions (DLDLD)
Brighton can claim an unlikely fifth league win here, but have lost their last four away matches, conceding at least twice in each of those losses.
Arsenal should be backed to claim a routine victory from here, but their porous defence makes the Both Team To Score/Match Result market a tantalising punt, and is a decent one at 15/8. The likes of Neal Maupay and Pascal Groß will fancy their chances against a side that have conceded 21 times in 14 games.
On the goalscorers market, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks the best choice of a deadlock breaker at 11/4 while Maupay to score anytime for Brighton is 21/10.