Brighton vs Arsenal preview, betting tips and prediction: Gunners there to be shot at for in form Seagulls
Score Draw @ 18/5 with Coral
Arsenal to win and BTTS @ 5/2 with Coral
Brighton to win at 13/4 with Coral
Arsenal are never too far away from serious criticism, because their issues have been left exposed for a long time now. Arsene Wenger is a legendary figure within football and at the Gunners, but opinions on his future are no longer split down the middle. Even some of his most ardent supporters believe he should leave his post as manager, 22 years after he first arrived in North London. It is believed the players do not respect him, a hypothesis certainly backed up by their awful display in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday.
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Before they head to face an in form Brighton side at the Amex Stadium this weekend, they host City in the postponed league fixture on Thursday night. The confidence and mindset of the squad is not in the best place, opening an opportunity for the Seagulls to pile the misery on them. After struggling in front of goal for so long this season, Chris Hughton’s men have found their scoring boots at just the right time. On paper, Arsenal should ease to three points here, but could be much tougher than many are anticipating.
Brighton had been struggling this season, but recent wins over West Ham and Swansea have eased the pressure. They are unbeaten since January 20 in all competitions and sit 12th on 31 points, four points above the Premier League drop zone.
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Arsenal’s troubles run deeper than just losing the cup final, having limped through their Europa League tie with Ostersunds and suffered defeat in the North London Derby against Tottenham at Wembley.
Neither side has any fresh injury concerns ahead of this game.