Brighton vs Arsenal Preview: How to Watch, Predicted Lineups, Score Prediction & Team News

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Emile Smith Rowe, Arsenal
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images) /

Predicted Lineups

Brighton: Sanchez; White, Dunk, Webster; Lamptey, Bissouma, Lallana, March; Trossard, Connolly, Maupay

Arsenal: Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Mari, Tierney; Xhaka, Elneny, Smith Rowe; Saka, Aubameyang, Willian

Brighton vs Arsenal Score Prediction

While the players showed their character against Chelsea, making the short journey south to face Brighton will be a greater test of their mental resilience than facing the Blues. Without doubt.

Being the underdogs favours this Arsenal side, so facing a Seagulls team who’re on a poor run and have not tasted defeat against the visitors in any of the last five meetings will separate the men from the boys, as they say.

A Neal Maupay-shaped demon could rear its ugly head and inflict further pain on this team, so ensuring the mentality is correct to face the Seagulls is perhaps more important than any tactical nuance or choice of personnel.

Of course, certain players are more likely to have the correct attitude than others, so who Arteta opts for will make for engrossing viewing. How many do you change after such a morale-boosting win?

Fitness and rotation must come into play, and the withdrawals of Martinelli and Smith Rowe could be as much about avoiding injury as they were preservation for Tuesday.

The match against Brighton will enlighten supporters to the trajectory of this team. Either the Chelsea win was the turning point in the season to kick-start a group of previously beleaguered players, or it was a blip in the timeline going against usual deficiencies we’ve become accustomed to. All hope it’s the former.

However, this fixture has not been kind to Arsenal as Brighton know precisely where to hurt the Gunners, which they may do again.

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Score Prediction: Brighton 1-1 Arsenal