Confirmed: The Arsenal team is out for today’s tough trip to Brighton

The teams are out for today’s short trip south to take on Brighton at the Amex Stadium this evening, where we will be hoping to win our fourth Premier League match on the bounce.

We started the season in terrible form, albeit with a number of distractions and disruptions to our preparation to each of those matches, but we have since turned things around, and now find ourselves in the top half of the table, and with the potential to climb as high as seventh today.

We came into today’s match with a near-full roster of players to choose from also, a drastic turn of events from the opening weeks, with just Granit Xhaka having been deemed unavailable for today’s selection.

What do you predict will be the final score today having seen the line-up?

Patrick

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182 Comments

  1. Stephanie says:

    Excellent lineup
    COYG

  2. Eddie says:

    Solid lineup.
    Let’s keep the run going.
    No problem with the selected players.
    COYG

  3. Sue says:

    Sweet 👌 COYG let’s go for nosebleed territory 😄
    No Bissouma… just horrible weather and Jon roly-poly Moss…
    Good luck to the ladies also…

  4. SueP says:

    I’m hoping for 3 goals as per my prediction. Hope springs eternal!
    Strong line up and here’s wishing BW a fruitful afternoon at Brighton.

  5. Sean Williams says:

    I think this is our strongest team. I am a bit nervous to say it, don’t want to hex it, but this team can certainly beat Brighton. I think this team can play great football and Lokonga now instead of Xhaka actually strengthens the tea. Looking forwards to the ‘Arsenal Style’.

  6. Declan says:

    My predicted line up, at last Arteta has listened to me😊
    COYG

  7. Khaly says:

    Perfect lineup. We have to win this game. COYG!

  8. Jaja Kamya says:

    4-1 in favor of arsenal

  9. Jodecee says:

    Win today and some haters claiming to be supporters will be like “why you celebrating like we won ucl, they(brighton) finished 15th last season”… Your opinion is useless as far as we’ll know, lower your pride and support Arteta and the team. #COYG

    1. Sid says:

      Yeah lets make a negative comment when there isn’t one yet 😊

      1. Declan says:

        Yes Sid, a silly comment and “haters” is a ridiculous word to use too.

        1. Sid says:

          Yup Declan. Anyway, our pal is clearly backing us to win so we are good there..
          COYG!
          Best of luck to MA and the boys!

  10. gotanidea says:

    Exactly as the predicted line-up, two DMs with Lokonga as Xhaka’s replacement. The match shouldn’t be too tough, because Brighton don’t have a dominant pivot in their front line and they lost their main midfield workhorse

    The only problem is their CBs will defeat our attackers and defenders in aerial duels, which could make our conceded in defending set-pieces. But this also means our quick attackers can outpace their slow CBs

    Maupay shouldn’t be a threat, as long as our hot-headed players don’t fall into Brighton’s provocation. Trossard is the most dangerous opponent, but White has surely known how to stop his ex-teammate’s inside cuts from the left wing

    1. Sue says:

      Don’t say that about Maupay, gai 🙈 He likes a goal against us! Having said that though we have got Gabriel and White at the back 🙂

      Did you see Mavropanos’ goal earlier? What a beauty!!

      1. gotanidea says:

        Maybe I have underestimated Maupay too much, since we’ve got Odegaard and Tomiyasu 😁

        You have the link of Mavropanos’ goal? I can’t find it on Google

        1. Sue says:

          Check out Chris Wheatley’s twitter page. I would put a link on, but it may not be approved for ages, as Pat is probably downing a few watching the match 😜

          1. gotanidea says:

            He scored like Pepe and Saka! Luckily, he could come back next season because there’s no obligation to buy in his loan contract ✌

          2. Admin Pat says:

            Do you mean this one Sue?

          3. Sue says:

            Pat… Where’s Mavro?! (How many have you had?! 🤣)

          4. Sid says:

            I think Sue meant goal by Mavropanos for a Stuttgart match AdPat. If possible can you please check if any video is there?
            Thanks!

          1. Sue says:

            Nice one, Pat 👍

  11. Sid says:

    Good luck yo MA and the team! The lineup certainly looks great. Any kind of scoreline and any kind of playstyle is fine for me aslong as we win and no one gets injured.

  12. Ackshay says:

    Same lineup with sambi replacing xhaka. Arteta seems to have found his starting 11. Lets win this preferably 2-1 need this 3 pts 😉

    1. Sid says:

      I have the same score predicted as well, last couple of weeks real bad lol. Ironically real good in fantasy PL. Let’s hope that luck rubs here as well and we both get that scoreline correct!

      1. Ackshay says:

        Last 2 weeks were horrible 4 and 5 pts i think. This week looking good so far 👌

  13. Qadri Bigben says:

    I foresee a lone goal victory or a draw in our favour… We jusy be to be disciplined and cool headed cos I see the Potters trying to get in the head of our players by being physical

  14. Declan says:

    So glad Bissouma is out even though we don’t need him, he’s good in their team.

  15. JACKSON says:

    ARS 2-0BRI HOPE TEAM OF THE WEEK ARE GONA SHOW IT TODAY SAMBI MAN TO WATCH.

  16. ken1945 says:

    Great line up – AMN and Elneny as back ups in that midfield pairing – let’s hope we play the way we did against the spuds… no prediction from me, just win the game.

  17. Matthew says:

    COYG!

  18. Skills1000 says:

    COYGs. This will be a tough match. We won’t have much chances. It is important for our attackers to convert the chances that come their way. They need that composure. Goodluck team

  19. Reggie says:

    Predictable line up, its Artetas team now and there is no reason not to expect to win this hands down. 3-1 to us.

  20. Ackshay says:

    Average age 23.5, building a team that will peak after the current liverpool/mancity teams peak is smart.

  21. Kedar says:

    Come on guys…

  22. Kelscent says:

    I expect Pepe to be introduced later on in the game with arsenal having a 2-0 win margin

  23. Kelscent says:

    C’mon boiz let’s make it count 💪🏽💪🏽

  24. Kedar says:

    Today’s match will be much tougher than Spurs because Brighton are high on confidence
    But we may cope

  25. SueP says:

    Bright start but it’s become rather sloppy and tense. If Brighton were firing they could have scored but they’re no better than us right now. C’mon!

  26. Richard Emzy says:

    I’ve got to say Ben white is very annoying

  27. NY_Gunner says:

    They’re getting behind us too easily, with balls over the top…

  28. Sid says:

    Brighton thugs always target our goalies lol. I Hope Aaron is ok…

  29. Ackshay says:

    Ref need to be alert of Brighton dirty fouls, they play good football but also the dirty game

  30. Kedar says:

    We are looking 2nd best at the moment…

    1. Ackshay says:

      We are too low on the pitch which is leaving too much space in midfield and hurting our counters.

  31. Walex says:

    What’s aubameyang doing in that pitch ? We are making them too comfortable on the ball

    1. Angus says:

      ? That header from Saka’s overrun was impressive.

    2. Sue says:

      Hitting the post!

    3. Kedar says:

      They are very high on confidence and playing much better football this season…

    4. Sid says:

      Auba is trying hard, but Brighton is on the ascendence…

  32. Kedar says:

    Brighton is winning ball so quickly

  33. Voyageur says:

    Unrecognizable from last week. Disappointing start.

  34. sekman says:

    saka useless

    1. Mrcool says:

      I think pepe and laca should replace saka and auba in the second half if Arteta wants to take any point from this game.

      We were luck not to concede goals in the first half, we may not be that lucky in the second half except we up our game.

  35. Angus says:

    We need to bypass the press better soon as that happen and Brighton then have less of the ball we should dominate, Palace did it. As to Brighton this how they play if you do not bypass the press lots of the ball not many clear cut chances. Not worried yet.

    1. Angus says:

      Proving right so far. Tough conditions to be fair but getting caught on the press is costing us especially Tomi but largely defending it well after. Not good enough though, going forward glimpses we zip it better than Brighton when we have the ball.

  36. Kedar says:

    What a football

  37. Sid says:

    Very nearly conceded… but I hope MA recognizes that maybe we have to weather the storm in this half, we are not able to bypass their press and exploit their slow CBs and also their professional fouls are breaking our rhythm. Maybe a smash and grab game if we play our cards right… also they are pressing a lot on our wings, have to mitigate that.

    1. Ackshay says:

      Brighton wont be able to keep that high press all game. Just weather their pressure and get them in the 2nd half

  38. Dunchirado says:

    We are missing Xhaka, Sambi is not ready

    1. Davi says:

      Xhaka would not improve this – we’ve seen enough of him to know that already

    2. Mrcool says:

      With this kind of pressure, xhaka would have committed a costly blunder if he were on the pitch.

      Xhaka can’t manage pressures. He responds to pressure with hard tackles which most often result in errors.

      1. Angus says:

        Didn’t catch this at the time. Jog on. He’s injured, long term and your slating him in a game he’s not playing. Supporter? As to your nonsense comment I’d take a look at our 2nd goal last week as to Xhaka under pressure. Seriously?

        1. Angus says:

          Btw one of xhakas strengths is his calmness in possession something we lacked massively today. He can be reckless in the tackle sometimes, slightly to do with his pace at times but he is nothing but calm on the ball. For every misplaced pass I can show you 3 that we should of done more with after.

          1. Angus says:

            That is ignoring the 80 simple (correct) passes in between.

  39. Walex says:

    No aggressiveness in the middle of the field from us

  40. Kedar says:

    It’s all Brighton

  41. sekman says:

    tactically graham got it right.. pressing and forcing our defense to clear the ball high knowing their mid and def would win all those

    1. Kedar says:

      He is a very good manager..
      Quite underrated

    2. Angus says:

      It is the way they play every game so no excuses. That said the defending today has been decent just the time on the ball that is the issue particularly in our own half.

      1. Kedar says:

        Potter is really good Manager

  42. Kedar says:

    Brighton is not only winning ball back easily but they are keeping ball so effectively..

    1. Angus says:

      It’s how they play, they had 62% against City last may.

      1. Angus says:

        won 3-2 as well. good team on their day, beatable team any day. Probably how City view us current ;(

  43. NY_Gunner says:

    Where is our midfield 🤔

    1. Kedar says:

      So far only 16 players are there on pitch
      11 Brighton and our back 5

      1. Kedar says:

        Certainly Potter is really good Manager

      2. Mrcool says:

        Lol

        You are funny

  44. Dunchirado says:

    All of them playing with hangover

  45. Kedar says:

    Such a terrible half so far

  46. I says:

    Why is Arteta watching us under continues pressure?

  47. I says:

    Xhaka’s absence is being felt here

  48. Walex says:

    I wasn’t wrong when I said xhaka is the best we have for now

  49. Sid says:

    If we weather the storm, I believe we can win. Also on that note, Partey needs to take shooting lessons from Mo, lol. He needs to recreate those bangers in training on the football pitch as well.

  50. Declan says:

    I’d take a point at present with Brighton looking to go top of the league! Pity we can’t play easy teams like spurs every game.

  51. Angus says:

    We look better in the final 3rd than Brighton just need to be there more often.

  52. sekman says:

    saka needs to take on the defenders !!!

  53. Voyageur says:

    I think we’ve used up all of our get out of jail cards. Let’s see if Arteta can breathe life into the lads second half. COYGs, sort it out.

  54. Kev82 says:

    Introduce Lacazette!

  55. Mark says:

    I have never seen AFC at their best in bad weather..Never

  56. Davi says:

    People saying we’re missing Xhaka need to get a grip – we’ve seen enough of him to know that chances are he wouldn’t improve us in this game and even offers a greater than average chance of doing something. silly.
    We are still in this game and can win it, but Brighton are no pushovers; very well set up and carry a threat.

    1. Quantic Dream says:

      Shocking performance. Tomi and White shaky!

    2. gotanidea says:

      Xhaka will make more incisive passes along the left sideline to feed Tierney, as compared to Lokonga

      Lokonga can only make diagonal passes to the left side, but he can’t make through ball along the left wing as Xhaka always does

      1. Davi says:

        Not the point – we’ve been outplayed and overrun. This has happened plenty of times with Xhaka in the team, he doesn’t improve us in this situation.

  57. sekman says:

    they are playing against the wind and performed better… we would struggle even more in the 2nd half facing the current

  58. NY_Gunner says:

    Tomi was gettin fleeced down the right side…

  59. Angus says:

    Honestly saw this game going two ways. We break the Brighton press early and thrash them or it becomes tight but we still out gun them second half 2-0 2-1 3-1 hoping I was right with the latter because the 1st has gone. Seen enough in our forward play/defensive resilience to be pretty confident. Just need to link it up. They had no shot on target. We look significantly more dangerous going forward.

  60. Sean Williams says:

    We need Laca up front, Auba is a bit lightweight today. Maybe even Martinelli to run the Brighton defence. Not quite working.

  61. gotanidea says:

    No guts at all in playing from the back and Ramsdale chose to play long ball all the time. This makes Aubameyang eaten alive in aerial duels by Brighton’s towering CBs

    Arsenal struggled against Brighton’s physicalities and dirty tricks. We always have big problems everytime it rains in an EPL away game, so there must be a good explanation for that

    If I were Arteta, I’d replaced Lokonga with Maitland-Niles in the second half. Because Lokonga is too slow and his first instinct in tight spaces is always passing the ball to the right side, unlike Xhaka

    1. Quantic Dream says:

      Xhaka would have eaten a red card by now.

      1. gotanidea says:

        Xhaka would’ve made more passes along the left sideline, as compared to Lokonga. Tierney was deprived of supply

    2. Declan says:

      To be fair Ramsdale hit 4 out of 6 Arsenal,players with his long kicks. He has to kick long with Brighton’s high press.

      1. gotanidea says:

        Not gonna work with Aubameyang vs Dunk and Duffy in the air

    3. Kedar says:

      Basically Lokonga is not playing typical DM or CM role…
      He is just filling the space created by Tierney who remains high up pitch on Left Side
      I don’t think it’s Lokonga’s strength to fill void gap created at LB position

      1. gotanidea says:

        He’s a right-footer. So he can only make diagonal passes to the left side, not through balls along the left wing

        1. Kedar says:

          These are tactical things which Arteta need to see actually

  62. Kedar says:

    Our Midfield is getting overrun by Brighton Midfield…
    Tierney remain very high up pitch and that’s why Lokonga fill the LB area which leaves Partey the only man in Midfield against 3 Brighton CMs and that’s why it is pretty easy for Brighton to win the ball and keep the ball
    We are keeping much open space in middle of the Park
    And they are making late runs in box so easily because we are getting overrun in Midfield..

  63. guy says:

    HT poor. theyre sharper than us, quicker, hungrier, more accurate. Not blaming Arteta he’s been urging them to compete more. WHY NO EFFORT, TEAM?Do we not like rain? Brighton played well we need a kick up the backside. Their lw has Tomi on toast, Auba back to his poor worst. ESR trying hard but that’s about it. They must tire soon they put a lot in, we didn’t. Cmon guys EFFORT!!!!!

    1. gotanidea says:

      We always struggle in a rainy day at the opposition’s turf, since Wenger’s time. Not just on a cold rainy day in Stoke, but in all brutal EPL team’s stadiums

      Aubameyang won’t win any aerial duel against Brighton’s towering monsters. If we don’t have the guts to play from the back, we’d likely concede first

    2. sekman says:

      i think auba, smith rowe, saka are afraid of getting injured.. too “sizzy” to say the least

  64. SueP says:

    That was a really weak performance. If Brighton could actually finish, we would be looking defeat in the face.

    The second half will be where Arteta earns his money.

    Not what I was expecting at all

  65. Crowther says:

    It’s a very tactical game,bt i still hope arsenal to win it 2-0

  66. Declan says:

    Keep the faith everyone, 2-1 to The Arsenal coming up.

    1. Sid says:

      Even though I predicted that score, I hope we win with a clean sheet. It will do our defense a world of good. Also, Tomi and White hopefully will be a little stable after a shaky 1st half.

      1. Angus says:

        Same I was predicting 3-1 but I’d prefer the clean sheet with a win.

        1. SueP says:

          Me too Angus
          Rather got ahead of myself

          1. Angus says:

            Got the clean sheet I guess, careful what you wish for 🙂

  67. sekman says:

    i’d say we play pepe and make a few runs… the defenders don’t have a chance and if they do they would be exhausted,

    point is to deter brighton from pressing

  68. Angus says:

    Brighton been the better side but they go 2nd off 1st on GD if they win today. Never would be walkovers. Hoping for a better performance on the ball 2nd half, once we get on the ball in final 3rd our quality shows compared to the more often Brighton possession in the 1st half.

  69. sekman says:

    shy away from all 50/50 balls

  70. Declan says:

    Odi not having a great game and needs to be pulled.

  71. Kedar says:

    Bring winger put Lokonga as CM and Tierney back to LB

  72. Ackshay says:

    Remember when fans were annoyed we always played from the back now it’s long ball fiesta

    1. Angus says:

      Surprised how weak that has been given Arteta works on that constantly as it’s his style. Yes it’s wet. Yes Brighton are a settled side who know that style intimately themselves but should be better. Not seen enough yet 2nd half, hope it comes. Hardest games of our current 6 but one we need to win.

  73. Sean Williams says:

    Yep Odes is not with it today…needs to be subbed.

    1. Angus says:

      Agree cold wet night in October away against a solid defensive/possession team, probably never experienced anything like it. As I type Pepe for Ode, spot on put Smith-Rowe in the middle who has done far more.

  74. Ackshay says:

    16 shots 1 on target !!!
    Extra shooting training for both teams

  75. Dunchirado says:

    The best arsenal can get here is draw

    1. Angus says:

      Still see a win. Gets harder for Brighton the longer goes and we can sub those who are struggling.

      1. Angus says:

        Got in wrong although in fairness the pen would of won it. We’ve had them given repeatedly especially under Wenger in games that put him under pressure. Can’t remember who but they kicked the bottom of the foot trying to clear and was given as a pen.

        1. Angus says:

          Commentary then was it was stonewall. Touched the underside of his foot, wouldn’t make you fall. Today pushed over, could never stay on your feet. Perfectly fine.

  76. Voyageur says:

    Joe Wicks lookalike at LB for Brighton looks a player

  77. Kedar says:

    Tomiyasu struggling today

  78. Ackshay says:

    Pepe for either sambi or odeggard(most likely). Also what did cucurella eat this morning?

    1. Angus says:

      Nice call. Unfortunately it’s Elneny for sambi or ode dropping deeper so always ode being subbed.

  79. Sean Williams says:

    Shame Odes and Partey are not at the races.

    1. Ackshay says:

      Partey??? He’s covering the whole midfield by himself. His shooting is more Wilkinson than de bruyne though

  80. Kedar says:

    Pépé on for Odegaard
    So now ESR will play number 10 and Pépé and Saka on either side which means Lokonga now can shift in Midfield which will give Partey some help in Midfield

    1. Angus says:

      ? what games do you watch? 2nd odd statement you have made. Lokonga won’t shift, he’ll be exactly the same.

      1. Kedar says:

        He should have
        Our Midfield is getting overrun

        1. Angus says:

          Did I randomly miss something and Lokonga hasn’t been in midfield all game?

      2. Sean Williams says:

        Our midfield is non-existent.

        1. Angus says:

          Yes but Lokonga hasn’t moved.

  81. Walex says:

    Can someone tell me what aubameyang is still doing on the pitch ?

  82. Angus says:

    Also ignore the commentary nonsense. They had 1 decent chance which came from Ramsdale dropping the ball. They have been better in possession but it’s not remotely lucky it’s 0-0 they have not threatened the final 3rd properly. If we get on the ball for a 10-15 min period in the last 20, we win.

  83. Ackshay says:

    This was clearly a game for lacazette but i understand arteta not wanting to switch up a winning team. Auba tried though

    1. Angus says:

      Auba was never the problem to be fair. Ode struggled but most behind him did too. Lost the calmness in possession.

  84. Kedar says:

    Both teams might have to settle for a draw here
    Disappointing

    1. Angus says:

      We wont settle for a draw evidenced by that last counter.

      1. Kedar says:

        Nobody want to but we will force to settle on draw

        1. Angus says:

          after the game again no

  85. Sue says:

    What a save!

  86. sekman says:

    ramsdale and gabriel = king

  87. Angus says:

    Huge huge save. 1st time Brighton threatened, really. Saved us. Poor performance in possession, fantastic without.

    1. Angus says:

      said if we had 10-15 min possession we win. we had 5 or so and threatened and let it go.

  88. Sean Williams says:

    Phew…thank heavens for Ramsdale. We are poor.

    1. SueP says:

      Yes we have been poor
      Unbelievable that Brighton haven’t scored but that at least means a clean sheet.
      I can think of worse words than poor.

  89. sekman says:

    arteta should take one of saka or smith rowe off…

    martinelli would have done better if those half possessions

  90. Angus says:

    Same old bs, didnt touch the ball pushed the player. VAR no foul, commentary nothing in it. Roles reversed penalty… commentary “what is he doing there he’s missed the ball, why push the man, penalty all day” Welcome to Arsenal

    1. Angus says:

      Remember all the “yes it’s soft but you can’t stick a leg out/raise your hands etc. there” when we lost penalty’s repeatedly.

    2. Angus says:

      He literally did not touch the ball and took out the player.

      1. SueP says:

        Angus
        I love your passion
        I feel the same but we were … well bloody awful

        1. Angus says:

          I agree this is not an excuse for the performance, this a long-term concern regardless of performance. It happens repeatedly and our fans ignore it. You can prove it statistically as well in terms of yellows to fouls or reds to fouls etc.

          1. Angus says:

            We can change manager we can’t change the refs/var/pgmol.

          2. Angus says:

            Will add I mentioned this concern v Spurs last week when we were winning 3-0. Not reactionary.

  91. Angus says:

    Not good enough today but regardless VAR/refs will kill unless people actually band together.

    1. Angus says:

      its happened for years now.

      1. Angus says:

        all those broken legs (btw that only changed because it spread to europe and barca and uefa got involved hence the new reckless rules.)

        1. Angus says:

          which were used to send xhaka but ignored for literally 5 people since.

      2. Tea says:

        Most fans are just as clueless as arteta. Lokonga played a nice football today even though he was under constant pressure, pressure that’s mostly caused by auba due to his terrible holdup play and general ball play. I bet xhaka would have crumbled yet some dumb fans are still rooting for xhaka(unbelievable). Some players are just lucky like some people are just lucky in life generally or may be most people are just too dumb to discern quality because why will auba be rated above laca . Laca came in and our game changed and we almost score coz he was setting the pace something auba can’t and will never do. I hope for God intervention coz this situation is as bad as my country nigeria where we don’t priotise merit. I hate to drag my country into this but that is the case. Gunners for life!!

        1. Angus says:

          Not sure why this was a reply. Xhaka has and always will be underrated. He’d of dealt with the press better today for sure. As to Laca vs Auba if we play properly behind it’s not a debate as we played yes Laca would of been better.

          1. Angus says:

            Also, Gunners for life!!

          2. Angus says:

            Love tried to do the emoji style at the end of last comment didn’t work. So love we’re all brothers/sisters/together.

  92. Sean Williams says:

    Poor display. A point but not good at all.

    1. Angus says:

      Not good enough. Point was fair but we should be winning and we never did enough.

  93. Sean Williams says:

    As good as we were against the Spuds today we were really poor. Nothing there whatsoever.

    1. Angus says:

      TBF there is not a worse team outside City for us to face than Brighton in terms of understanding possession play. Regardless poor. We got the draw, I guess. Expected more today. Young team new to each other against a team that understands that play well, excuse but a minor one.

  94. guy says:

    Our naivety with a young team showed, as did Arteta’s. They were fitter, keener, dirtier (aka cynical), wanted it more. We were 3 vs 2 in midfield and lokanga too lightweight – felt sorry for Partey. Defence ok, Gabriel outstanding. Our passing awful, they psyched us out physically. Lacazette made a difference – Auba off the game, should have subbed him earlier. Pretty poor.

    Feelings now? Players have a lot to learn, why no energy? Arteta outthought again. Lucky away draw but that says something about our defence, Lokanga needs to bulk up and compete more, Auba back to his worst, Pepe not the answer.

  95. Tea says:

    And pepe is a sham too like his cousine auba. They should be playing in the championship or less

    1. Angus says:

      Pepe came on as a sub in a poor game, save it.

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