It was a case of new manager, same old story with Arsenal as they were involved in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Norwich in their first game after Unai Emery’s departure and we could be in for more of the same tonight as Brighton visit the Emirates.
Interim boss Freddie Ljungberg has taken the reigns and mixed things up for his first start, giving Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka starts whilst leaving club-record signing Nicolas Pepe on the bench, but you could have told a neutral observer watching the game that Emery was still in charge and they’d have believed you entirely.
Arsenal (7/1 for a Top 4 finish with Star Sports, and 5/4 for a Top 6 finish) came from behind, with both goals scored by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (himself 6/1 to be the Top Goalscorer with Star) in a game which ended up 2-2 but could easily have been far more. At the end of 90 minutes the shot count read Norwich 15-16 Arsenal, the Shots on Target count read 8-7, and the corner count read 7-12.
It read like Premier League pinball and had it not been for Bernd Leno’s great saves then there could easily have been many more goals; in other words, a typical Arsenal game. It remains to be seen how long Freddie Ljungberg stays there but any changes will take a good deal longer than a week.
Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion
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HEAD TO HEAD RECORD*
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MAY 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 1-1 Brighton
DEC 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 1-1 Arsenal
MAR 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Brighton 2-1 Arsenal
OCT 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 2-0 Brighton
JAN 2015 FA CUP Brighton 2-3 Arsenal
JAN 2013 FA CUP Brighton 2-3 Arsenal
Brighton arrive here in 16th, with the bottom half of the Premier League table still extremely congested. Under Graham Potter they are playing an attractive style of football which has the fans onside, although it’s not working so well on the road – they’ve lost their last four away from the South Coast and they’ve let in 13 goals in their last six on the road.
However, they performed well when going down 2-1 at Liverpool last week and they will feel more than capable of making a mark here. Arsenal have drawn their last three at home, with all being score draws – and two of them ended 2-2. The 8/1 on a 1-1 draw and the 12/1 on a 2-2 draw could well be value bets which give a big run for our money.
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