Brighton v Arsenal
Sunday, Mar 04 – 13:30
Brighton thrashed Swansea City 4-1 in their last league match, thanks to goals from Glenn Murray, Anthony Knockaert, and Jurgen Locadia. It was one of Brighton’s best performances of the season, with striker Murray the key man for the Seagulls. Murray has now netted 12 goals in all competitions this season, and the 34-year-old will be hoping to take advantage of an anxious Arsenal defence later today. Brighton currently sit 12th in the Premier League table, taking 31 points from their 28 matches this season.
Arsenal suffered another embarrassing 3-0 defeat on Thursday, when they faced league leaders Man City for the second time in a week. Fans and pundits are now united in their criticism of veteran manager Arsene Wenger, with many claiming that this will the the Frenchman’s final season in charge of the Gunners. Wenger is likely to put all of his efforts in to Arsenal’s ongoing Europa League campaign, with a 10 point gap between them and the Top 4. New signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a penalty against City, so the Gabonese striker will be looking to put that right this afternoon.
What the stats tell us:
- Brighton have won each of their last two home matches against Arsenal in the league; however, their last clash was back in 1982.
- The Gunners have won each of their last five competitive matches against Brighton, including two at the Amex Stadium in the FA Cup.
- Chris Hughton’s side have now won consecutive home matches in the Premier League – the last time they won three in a row in a top-flight campaign was back in 1982.
- Arsenal are undefeated in 34 matches in the Premier League against newly-promoted clubs (W29 D5) – their last loss coming to QPR in 2012.
- This will be Arsenal’s first Premier League match at the Amex Stadium – they have won at 50 of the 56 stadiums they have played at in the competition.
- Arsenal have now lost three consecutive away matches in the Premier League – the third such time this has happened under Arsene Wenger.
- Glenn Murray has scored 10 goals for Brighton in the Premier League this season – he is yet to provide an assist.
- Arsene Wenger has won five of his last seven matches against Chris Hughon (L2) – he has claimed victories in each of the last two.
- Nacho Monreal has found the back of the net away from home three times for the Gunners this season – more than any other player.
Brighton have been playing well at home over the over the last few weeks, and their chances of remaining in the Premier League are looking very promising at the moment. The less said about Arsenal the better. The Gunners are in trouble, and there was a dark cloud around the Emirates on Thursday night – they need to make a statement on the pitch today. Glenn Murray has been in fine form recently, and we’re backing the 34-year-old to find the back of the net this afternoon.