The Seagulls continue to soar following their high-flying start to the Premier League season, where Brighton welcome Arsenal to the Amex Stadium on Saturday.
Graham Potter’s Brighton side managed to steal a point at the death against Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace side thanks to a delightful chip over the goalkeeper from Neil Maupay, while Arsenal took the bragging rights after their 3-1 victory in the North London derby against rivals Tottenham.
Palace were well on their way to earning a hard-fought three points following Wilfried Zaha’s converted penalty just before half-time.
However, the Seagulls rose to the occasion in the final minutes following a poor clearance from goalkeeper Vicente Guaita which quickly found it’s way to Neil Maupay, who expertly looped the ball over the head of the helpless goalkeeper to send the travelling fans into pandemonium and with a point for their efforts.
Following their 1-1 draw with Palace, Graham Potter’s men find themselves with 13 points – just one point from the dizzying heights of first place – currently occupied by Liverpool.
It marks an excellent start for Brighton who have an identical record with Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United, with each team winning four games of their opening six, including a draw and just one defeat so far.
Potter’s side impressively have the third-best defensive record at home in the Premier League so far which is only bettered by Chelsea and Manchester City – which should give added confidence ahead of their fixture.
Though the side standing in their way is a resurgent Arsenal side who have sprung back to life following their poor start to the Premier League season which saw three straight defeats from three games.
With that being said, the tables have begun to slowly turn for Mikel Arteta’s side after their hugely convincing 3-1 victory in the North London derby against Tottenham which saw the Gunners go 3-0 up after just 34 minutes.
The local English duo of Bakayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe both were on the scoresheet while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang managed to find the back of the net for the second time this season, marking a fine result and performance all round for Arteta’s side.
As the Gunners marched onto their third successive Premier League victory and sit in 10th place, Arsenal fans will be hoping their victory over Tottenham will be the catalyst needed to maintain their sides’ resurgence.
Arteta’s side are now close to being completely injury-free with Thomas Partey likely to start alongside Albert Sambi Lokonga in the midfield.
The only absentee is Granit Xhaka who recently suffered from a knee injury and will out of action for a minimum of three months.
Brighton are in a similar position on the injury front with most of their squad fully fit, though former Arsenal man Danny Welbeck is unlikely to feature after coming off against Palace, while the impressive Yves Bissouma – a reported Arsenal target – is hopeful he will be fit enough to start against the Gunners.
Brighton vs Arsenal – kick off at 5pm (UK time) on Saturday 2nd October 2021