3 key battles in Arsenal's clash with Brighton

  • Intriguing tactical duel awaits the Emirates as Arsenal host Brighton
  • Gunners have struggled at home against Seagulls in recent times
  • Contest will see plenty of individual duels

Arsenal FC v Brighton & Hove Albion last season
Arsenal FC v Brighton & Hove Albion last season / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages
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2. Jack Hinshelwood vs Bukayo Saka

Bukayo Saka
Bukayo Saka has been Arsenal's most productive performer this season / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Following Pervis Estupiñán and Tariq Lamptey's respective injuries, Jack Hinshelwood has been integrated into Roberto De Zerbi's side. However, the 18-year-old may have to face the toughest opponent of his professional career as he faces Bukayo Saka.

The Brighton player, though, has proven himself since establishing himself in defence. The youngster even scored the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Brentford earlier this month. Hinshelwood has quickly become a fan favourite at the AMEX.

Saka has been on top form, and has scored eight and assisted 11 goals in all competitions this season. Similarly to his opposite number, Mitoma, Saka likes to isolate the defender in a one-v-one scenario, and uses his agility and burst of pace to beat the defender.

Brighton may accommodate for Hinshelwood's lack of experience against top opponents by doubling up on the Hale End graduate, but Arsenal have other ways to combat this. Due to Arteta's obsession with numerical superiority, the Gunners will exploit the opening space if Saka is attracting multiple opponents.

If Saka has a successful day, he could lead Arsenal to a victory, but if Hinshelwood demonstrates some of his unseen qualities and limits the 'starboy', the Arsenal attack may be too flat to create positive chances.

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