Official confirmed Arsenal team to face Europe-chasing Brighton

Every game is now a must-win one for Arsenal if they want to remain in the title race and this is the team that Mikel Arteta has selected to achieve that today against Brighton.

Arsenal have bounced back in good fashion following their four-match winless run and come into this game with momentum and confidence, not sure the same can be said of Brighton.

The Seagulls have had an awesome season and still have an outside chance of making the top four, they certainly have a strong chance of finishing in a Europa League spot, so they definitely have something to play for.

However, Roberto De Zerbi’s men may be running out of steam, they lost at home to Everton by a stunning score of 5-1 and while that may be a blip, they also lost 3-1 to Nottingham Forest in their last game on the road.

Brighton will, of course, be tough opponents, especially if they do get back to the sort of form that saw them beat Man Utd recently, but Arsenal has been almost unstoppable this season and if the lads play to form today then they really should collect all three points and keep the pressure on Man City.

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    1. Yeah its done now, no shame losing against a team that blast past us with 11 straight win.

      1. 11 wins in a row is insane. We lost the title at home against Man City, back in February.

        1. Indeed we went for the win when we didn’t have to and paid for it. 1-1 at 70min was good though i understand that at home with a chance to pretty much wrap up the title in Feb we went for it. That draw alone would have been a 3 pts swing.

      1. Well, perhaps ypu are hard of hearing then. I have heard countless fat ladies sing, both in reality AND metaphorically! As I write City are 3-0 upo avEverton with 5 mins left. City would need to drop fivepoints in their final two away matches assuming we win allour three, for her not to have sung.

        Sorry son but she sang ages ago.Right after our West Ham match, infact!

        1. I was laughing when I said it Jon and by the way ‘dad’, I think I might be older than you 😊

  1. Everton couldn’t hold Man City off. The silver lining is we could sign Calvert-Lewin and Onana cheaply if Everton get relegated

  2. I am so glad Zinny was dropped. He should sit back and watch how to defend properly from Tierney.

    By the way, where is Partey and Tomi? May be Arteta thinks party and Joginho can’t play together.

    No disrespect for Zinchecko, dude is a good midfielder with great skill. He is no defender at all.

    1. Keep up Mrcool, Tomi was ruled out for the season weeks ago. Partey not benn great recently and needed a rest.

  3. Regardless of City winning the title we have the match our best pl season with 3 wins. 90 pts to match the invincible for such a young side with both players and coach new to a title fight is massive. I hear a lot of people saying it was our biggest and only chance to win the league and laugh. Youngest team in the league is only get better.

  4. OT: Great to see Reuell Walters on the bench.
    Heard a lot of good things. Would love to see if he can get a cameo run today.

  5. We should just put our whole transfer budget on Brighton table. Caicedo, mitoma and even mac allister if we have a spot.

    1. McAllister is going to Liverpool..
      It’s almost done
      But you can get those 3 for 200 Millions

      1. However, I’d agree that with him that we are sloppy. Their keeper has gifted us some great opportunities but we haven’t capitalised on them

  6. Martinelli was fouled as was other gunners. No yc issued.
    Some of these refs shd be axed for not taking action against the many thugs I the epl

    1. Martineill could have seen red earlier but yes the ref is poor, but we are far too slow for being the home team and we are not physical enough for my liking

  7. So far Brighton has outclassed Arsenal on every aspect
    Brighton has made more than double passes with much more accuracy
    We are certainly missing Zinchenko

    1. Their goalie has had a couple of nightmare moments trying to play out from the back though

      1. Brighton has 62% of possession no team has this with Arsenal at Emirates, not even Man City…
        City had just 40% possession against Arsenal..
        We are not able hold the ball so scoring a goal is pretty difficult..
        We are certainly missing Zinchenko’s passing ability…
        Arteta has to start Zinchenko in midfield next season..

    2. Sorry but Zinchenko would not have made much difference. Brighton switched Mitoma to RW to go against White because Tierney doing well defensively.

      Zingy a liability at LB and has been exposed numerous times this year.

  8. Neville read my mind. We are playing like the away team and Brighton aren’t exactly any great shakes either.
    Pity Trossard hit the crossbar but so far this game has bland written all over it with ‘bitty’ fouls and miss placed passes but a bit of excitement near the end of the half which has given me a warmer feeling than the first 40 minutes

  9. Raising offside flag on a throw-in 🤣
    That’s the pathetic level of refereeing in Epl at the moment.

    Surely there must be good referee in the lower levels but corruption blocks them from being promoted.

  10. Jorginho played smartly and was obviously very experienced in the CDM position, but our attackers were sloppy and not accurate

    If we can’t score after the seventieth minute, I think Xhaka or Odegaard will be replaced by Nketiah/ Nelson

    1. So far Brighton has outclassed Arsenal at Emirates… Brighton has 62% of possession no team has this with Arsenal at Emirates, not even Man City…
      City had just 40% possession against Arsenal..
      We are not able hold the ball so scoring a goal is pretty difficult..
      We are certainly missing Zinchenko’s passing ability…
      Arteta has to start Zinchenko in midfield next season..
      Unless we are getting back ball in our more in 2nd half, I can’t see us winning..

      1. Brighton backline’s composure at keeping the ball was admirable. I agree that we missed Zinchenko’s playmaking ability

  11. Even though BHA are in control we definitely have had the better chances! They seem hellbent on playing for a draw.

  12. Everyone is being kind but there is one Arsenal midfielder who is way behind the eightball today, slow and ponderous. Thought it would be easier but nervous that we could get punished later on. And how about the ref?

  13. So far Brighton has outclassed Arsenal at Emirates… Brighton has 62% of possession no team has this with Arsenal at Emirates, not even Man City…
    City had just 40% possession against Arsenal..
    We are not able hold the ball so scoring a goal is pretty difficult..
    We are certainly missing Zinchenko’s passing ability…
    Arteta has to start Zinchenko in midfield next season..
    Unless we are getting back ball in our more in 2nd half, I can’t see us winning..

  14. The reason we lost this title is not because city are too good. We lost this title because arsenal players are not mature enough, when they need to release the ball to the next player each player has the tendency of over dribbling. They are not ready for the title maybe next season. Man city players know what to do at every given time, and they always looking at the goal post of the oppositions why arsenal players are always looking down dribbling, turning and turning then lose the ball to the opponent, especially Martinelli, Trossard, Odegaad and Jesus. They slow down the attacking movement and momentum just because of showing skills.

  15. @Kedar Who has created the most scoring opportunities? Having possession in your own half without threatening the opposition goalie is pointless.

    What we lacked in the first half was finishing. Against City in the return leg, the heat map showed most of our possession was in our half and we barely troubled City. It is not possession we came for but the 3 points.

  16. This is where you need big strong and powerful CF like Haaland, Dušan Vlahović and Youssef En-Nesyri…
    So many times in this game Ramsdale has sent the ball long and Jusus is so small that Lewis Dunk easily brushing him apart

  17. What Kiwior was doing..
    Even though his boot was off still he has to continue…
    1st clear then do what you have to do with your shoe

  18. So if we loose today then next weekend City will claim title
    Brighton are so good to keep the ball
    They are much better than us

  19. Idk seemed like a foul on Kiwior. Fellow stepped on his foot? Why is it matter if it’s not intentional??

    1. It was not a foul and even if that was foul then you just can’t stop in between.
      You have to play on ref’s whistle…
      Just clear the ball and then do what you want to do with your shoe or whatever it is..

      1. Yeah.
        It seemed to me he twisted his foot when that happened. But i could be wrong.

  20. Our players are so nice and lack controlled aggression. They don’t seem interested in winning the ball from Brighton players. Few hard tackles and caution will instill some fear in Brighton’s players and make us regain control. We are not ready for the league with this type of performance.

    Imagine Brighton players bullying our players from the start and we are not even showing up and standing up to them. Partey definitely need to come on and inject some aggression into the midfield

  21. The more I watch Jesus the less impressed I am with him. Continously overpowered game after game after and and really doesn’t bring that much to the table. Isnt prolific either.

  22. Saka lack of effort especially defending should be punished by now. Nowhere to be seen leaving white 2 v 1. Been going on for many matches. If gabi can track back so does saka.

  23. HT going as predicted. A bitty game, shockingly lenient ref, we cab tput aprope pasing move together End of seaspon blues and few of our players believe we have a ghost of a chance of the title as is obvious. The title was lost, inall but name after our shocking draw at West Ham. BUT THOUGH ITS NOT OFFICiAL EVEN NOW, WE ARE NOW FINISHING SECOND.
    Just hope we keep the eventual gap to CITY to a low deficit but, as things look, that is far from sure.
    BTW,Jesus’s worst game of the season. Not in the game at all.

    1. Couldn’t agree more JF
      I’m so disappointed by the lack of desire to keep ManC on their toes at least

  24. Mitoma is showing how White is out of depth when he play against very skilful and pacy opponent…

    1. Even if we press, still Brighton is good that they will easily find a way through…
      See how Brighton’s goalie is mocking our frontline by keeping ball even though Jesus is just yard away

  25. Uh oh best not question things like that. Martinelli was in form, leading goal scorer and still dropped against Newcastle. Meanwhile Saka has has a series of poor performances lately, yet is undroppable.

    Saka needs to show more effort on both sides of the ball, no one should be excused from total effort.

  26. The lack of depth and a proper CF has shown from April onwards.
    Jesus was a bench warmer for a reason at city.
    Hopefully we can build from this next season.

    1. This is where you need big strong and powerful CF like Haaland, Dušan Vlahović and Youssef En-Nesyri…
      So many times in this game Ramsdale has sent the ball long and Jusus is so small that Lewis Dunk easily brushing him apart

  27. Mitoma is easily playing against White just like Cat plays with mouse before tearing apart

  28. Some Gunners in this march should stop showboatibg in their game for Arsenal in the match. But cry serious for Arsenal in the match forsaking any unnecessary drilling spree. But up their game considerable in the match to score goals to win the match. And score them and win the match.

    1. He has full right to speak because this was shit show..
      Literally Brighton Schooled us..
      We are so so out of depth against Brighton today

      1. He’s been anti Arsenal from the start, and he’s loving this – but yes we’ve been rubbish today. How we can go from the Newcastle performance to this?

  29. We are playing without a single forward who has any strength or power at all. No wonder we cannot score or evenget hold of the ball. Totally outplayed and deserve to be three down, not one. .

    1. This is where you need big strong and powerful CF like Haaland, Dušan Vlahović and Youssef En-Nesyri…
      So many times in this game Ramsdale has sent the ball long and Jusus is so small that Lewis Dunk easily brushing him apart

  30. Smith Rowe🙊
    Suddenly he is thrown in to do something yet he can’t play for God knows how many weeks

  31. Brighton have to fair and give madley his share of the winning bonus, he bloody earned it.

    1. I think Ralmsdale deserves the blame as well. Very casual.
      Arteta also needs to learn from this season. The fact that Gabriel Jesus just walked into the first 11 after his injury and Trossard went back to the bench suggests Arteta shows favouritism. And his failure to give Saka the deserved rest. Games against westham, Southampton were matches we should have won..
      All the same, we achieved our target for the season

  32. Ralmsdale needs competition. His decision making is awful. Why pass to Trossard in that situation?

  33. We were hoping City to loose but we forgot that we need to win our games
    Anyway objective achieved for this season last week when we secured top 2 finish

  34. 2 things we learnt today
    1 we can’t drop Zinchenko…
    The way he control control midfield and tempo of game and to defend well he need to start in midfield instead of LB

      1. I know he wasn’t dropped…
        I am making a point that he is undroppable because of his passing ability and controlling the tempo of the game

  35. A lot of players were found wanting today. Our midfield was a no show. I don’t blame Odegaard. He just didn’t have any support. Saka is burnt out, kees making the wrong decisions and he is not getting any support from Ben White on the overlap. White is not a wing back. Give the guy a break. Also Trossard and Jesus are but players. Today the weren’t up to it. Kudos to BHAs Italian manager. He put them back on track after the Everton collapse.

  36. Arteta has no guts. He should have benched Saka long time ago. Someone said few weeks ago that goals and assists are keeping him in the game but to be honest, he has not been that good recently.

  37. Arsenal a team full of softies. I would be fired if I crumbled like them when faced with high pressure.

  38. Not a good end to the season, but still a better than expected one. The squad needs improving otherwise we won’t get far in the Champions League next season, let alone win it.

  39. That was just embarrassing – kind of ruined our great season. The players weren’t playing, there was none of the usual press, they were pressing us more, I mean the chase after City might be pointless, but let’s have some class.

  40. That was just embarrassing – kind of ruined our great season. The players weren’t playing, there was none of the usual press, they were pressing us more, I mean the chase after City might be pointless, but let’s have some class.

  41. I now forecast a nine point deficit to City at seasons end. They will win their last three games, while we will draw at Forest and beat Wolves.

    Only consolation is that the VAR howler at Brentford did not prove the difference.

    Nor ultimately, SAKA’s missed pen at West Ham, nor RAMSDALES pass to SAINTS forward. What cost us was too shallow a squad, thus an inability to properly rotate key players.

    But still a great season, when the dust settles and the hurt fades, with time.

  42. Yes Jon. I agree with you.

    I also think Arteta does not trust his players enough and couldn’t rotate. He should have started Reis Nelson in some games ahead of Saka. He played same forward line week in week out.
    Partey also deserve some stick. His casual passing to the opponent in his own box on many occasions that resulted in goals against Arsenal.
    Over confidence, lack of awareness on the part of Ralmsdale and Partey.
    Arteta should have gone a bit defensive against City. He should not have played Odegaard in that kind of game. Midfield 3 of Xhaka, Partey and Jorgihno would have slowed down KDB and Rodri.
    In my view, this has been a successful season.
    We really missed Saliba

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