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FIVE THINGS PREVIEW: ARSENAL

1 March 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Glenn Murray celebrates scoring against Swansea City at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion host Arsenal at the Amex Stadium on Sunday in the Premier League, kick off 1.30pm.

Chris Hughton’s men will be looking to make it back-to-back league victories at the Amex Stadium after last weekend’s win over Swansea City, and we’ve picked out five things to look out for ahead of the game. 

A GOOD RUN OF FORM

As mentioned in Stats Amazing, the Seagulls have won back-to-back Premier League home games, scoring seven goals in the process.

Those wins over Swansea City and West Ham United respectively have come amongst two Emirates FA Cup victories over Middlesbrough and Coventry City respectively, as well as away draws in the Premier League against Southampton and Stoke City. 

It means that Albion are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions – and they’ll be looking to continue that good run against Arsene Wenger’s men this weekend.

CITY DOUBLE BILL

Arsenal fell to a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final last Sunday at Wembley Stadium, as goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva gave Pep Guardiola’s men the first silverware of the English season.

Wenger’s side also host the Citizens this evening at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League, meaning they will have faced the league leaders twice in five days in the capital. 

GUNNERS NOT FIRING ON THE ROAD 

Arsenal’s last victory away from home in the Premier League was a 3-2 success against Crystal Palace at the end of December – and they have struggled on their travels in the New Year so far.

Defeats at AFC Bournemouth, Swansea City and rivals Tottenham Hotspur have meant their quest for a top-four finish looks a tough one between now and the end of the campaign. 

MURRAY MARVEL 

Albion striker Glenn Murray has scored five goals in as many matches in all competitions in his last five matches at the Amex Stadium.

The forward has netted against Crystal Palace in the Emirates FA Cup, as well as getting himself on the scoresheet against AFC Bournemouth and West Ham United – he also notched a brace last weekend in the aforementioned 4-1 victory over Swansea City.

MAKING AMENDS

The reverse fixture between the two teams was back on the first day of October – and it was Arsenal who ran out 2-0 winners at the Emirates Stadium.

A goal in either half from Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi gave the hosts the win, but Albion would respond by going on a five-match unbeaten run in the Premier League – they drew with Everton, Southampton and Stoke city on home soil, whilst they defeated Swansea City and West Ham United away from home.

As mentioned, Chris Hughton’s men come into Sunday's game with that same unbeaten run.


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