4 talking points ahead of Brighton vs Arsenal

  • The Gunners face their first of many tough tests as they continue their run-in in the Premier League title race
Arsenal beat Brighton 2-0 in the reverse fixture back in December
Arsenal beat Brighton 2-0 in the reverse fixture back in December / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages
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2. Poor record against Brighton

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The Gunners have a poor record against Brighton in recent times / Julian Finney/GettyImages

Arsenal have a relatively poor record against Brighton over the past few seasons. Mikel Arteta's side have won two and lost two of their previous five meetings with the Seagulls.

Both of these defeats came at the Emirates whereas the Gunners have won once at home and the Amex respectively. Arsenal's defeats to Brighton have come at crucial points in the previous two seasons. A 3-0 defeat last May effectively ended Arsenal's hopes of beating Manchester City to the Premier League, and a 2-1 defeat the previous April affected their ultimately unsuccessful battle with Tottenham for a fourth-place finish.

Arsenal will be hoping to banish these demons on Saturday having already overcome Brighton 2-0 at the Emirates in December. With Brighton in poor form, Arsenal have a real chance to put their sub-par record in this fixture behind them.

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