Arsenal will hope to give Freddie Ljungberg his first win as interim manager when they entertain Brighton on Thursday night.
The Gunners could only manage a 2-2 draw with Norwich in their last game, but a win against the Seagulls would see them jump up to sixth in the Premier League table.
Brighton have lost their last three league games, though those games have been against Manchester United, Leicester and Liverpool, and sit just one point above the relegation zone.
Solid at Home
Arsenal’s home record in the Premier League in recent seasons has been pretty good. They’ve only lost one of their last 25 league home games, although they have drawn their last three at the Emirates. The last time they went four league games without a home win was in August 2012.
The Gunners are also unbeaten at home against Brighton in all competitions, winning six, drawing two a keeping six clean sheets in the process.
A Sterner Test Than Expected
All the above said, Brighton have a solid record against their north London counterparts over the past few seasons.
Brighton are unbeaten in their last three meetings with Arsenal – winning one and drawing two – they’ve never gone four without defeat against them in all competitions.
Last season saw the Seagulls effectively end Arsenal’s Champions League hopes with a 1-1 draw. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a ninth minute penalty at the Emirates to put his side ahead, but the visitors responded in kind when Glenn Murray netted from the spot in the second half.
Dodgy on the Road
While they have a strangely decent record against Arsenal since their promotion in 2017, Brighton have struggled elsewhere on the road.
The south coast side have lost their last four Premier League away games – they’ve never lost five in a row on the road in the competition, last doing so in league football back in March 2006 (a run of eight).
The away blues seemed to have been dispelled on the opening day when Brighton beat Watford 3-0 on the opening day of the season, but they’ve actually been winless in the six away league games since. Graham Potter’s side have only scored three goals during that time, with Lewis Dunk grabbing two of them.
Pierre a Quick Starter Against Brighton
Where would Arsenal be without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang?
He’s been in terrific form ever since his switch from Borussia Dortmund back in 2018, and has a record of being a quick starter against Thursday’s opponents.
The Gabon international gave Arsenal the lead inside ten minutes in both Premier League meetings with Brighton last season – however, the Seagulls came back to draw 1-1 both times.
The Long Draught
Arsenal are winless in eight matches in all competitions (D6 L2) – should they fail to beat Brighton, it would be their worst winless run since March 1977, a run of ten.
During that time, the Gunners have drawn with Wolves, Southampton and Norwich and lost to Leicester and Eintracht Frankfurt. Work to do for interim boss Ljungberg, then.