Brighton vs Arsenal Preview, Line up and predicted score by KJ
Most Arsenal fans are in a far better mood after last week’s brilliant performance against Man City and we now go to Brighton to face a Championship team with a week’s rest as well as the promise of Walcott, Ozil and others starting the game.
Although we are facing a Championship side, you can expect it to be difficult with it being away from home. Brighton play good football and have the ability to cause an upset if they “click”. But you expect us to have too much class in attack to allow the Seagulls an opportunity of winning this game.
We will need to impose our passing game on Brighton immediately and we should be looking to get an early goal. This will cause panic and should open up the Championship side as the game progresses. The pitch will be in good condition meaning that this should help us immensely with our game plan.
Predicted line up:
Bellerin – Chambers – Mertesacker – Gibbs
Coquelin – Ramsey
Rosicky – Özil – Cazorla
It’s actually fairly difficult to predict the line up but this is what I believe it’ll be.
Szczesny to play after being dropped from league/CL duty. Hopefully he’ll show an improved attitude.
I expect Koscielny to get a rest as we are managing his injury very carefully.
Bellerin to start again and to build on his great performance at the Etihad.
The same for Coquelin. He was brilliant at the Etihad and is a far better player than Flamini so he’ll keep his place with Ramsey partnering him.
Oxlade-Chamberlain will probably miss this game but fortunately we have Rosicky back now to play amongst the midfield.
Özil should finally get a start and I expect him to punish Brighton with his passing.
Cazorla is undroppable at the moment. He’s had a week’s rest and completely destroyed City so he’ll be ready to go again and play his football.
Walcott should also start and will get plenty of balls in front of him by Cazorla and Özil so you’d expect him to get that goal that will boost his confidence.
If all is going wrong, our bench should have the likes of Alexis and Giroud to change the game which will be good for us.
I expect us to win the game comfortably. 2 -0.