Score Prediction? Should Arsenal fans be worried ahead of visit to Brighton?

Arsenal make the trip to Brighton today after a disastrous return to action in midweek.

Our side made the trip to Manchester to take on City on Wednesday night in our first match following the Coronavirus outbreak put a halt to the League program, and things couldn’t have gone worse.

Our team not only lost two key players in Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari inside the opening 20 minutes, but the latter’s replacement David Luiz then gifted our opponents a 2-0 lead and a one-man advantage to all-but end any hope of a result from our opening match after the resumption.

That loss will add a lot more importance to this match-up, and I can’t help but think that a failure to win against Brighton today will end any hopes of an unlikely Champions League entry, and also leave us with only a slim hope of the Europa League also.

The Seagulls will be keen for a fresh start after the break, as they haven’t won a competitive match since December 28, but if they watched our outing at the Etihad they will have reason to be confident.

This Arsenal team did not look fit and ready for action, and were largely out on their feet in the latter part of the match, so I think a number of changes will have to be made to the line-up, with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Gabriel Martinelli and Nicolas Pepe all likely to start having been overlooked against City.

The fresh players in attack will cause Brighton a whole host of problems, but our issues in midfield and at the back have only been worsened.

David Luiz is forced to miss out thanks to his red card in midweek, while Pablo Mari may miss the rest of the season thanks to his injury, and there is talk that Kieran Tierney could be used as a makeshift CB, while we also lack a strong defensive minded midfielder which will also put extra pressure on us at the back.

I actually predicted us to break the mould and get a win at the Etihad in midweek, but those injuries were certainly not part of Mikel Arteta’s plan, and now I’m struggling to expect a win against a lowly Brighton & Hove Albion side. How the tide can turn just like that…

I certainly hope I am wrong, but I feel like this could end up being a 2-2 draw. There is always the possibility of some Bernd Leno heroics, so I pray that he pulls off another of his trademark displays and helps us come away with the full three points.

Should I be more confident of our chances despite our growing issues? What are your score predictions for today?

Patrick

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22 Comments

  1. Shakir says:

    I see a win.
    Brighton play good football but i think we will come on top.Its not gonna be easy though.Our CB pair could be interesting today……

    1. Adajim says:

      Let me join you in this fantasy. If we achieve the 3points, we will be above spur on the table and be trailling Utd with just 3points.
      Today game is so essential hopefully we are not dissapointed

  2. Sue says:

    I’m always worried 😂😂
    If the unthinkable happens and we do lose, they’ll have done the double over us! 😬

  3. Declan says:

    I’m not confident after seeing our inept display against Man City. It’s ok saying we held our own for 45 minutes but we created eff all and could have been two down before Luiz made his first error. I think it will be 2 nil to Brighton.

    1. Admin Martin says:

      wow, hope you are wrong Declan or is this reverse psychology?

      1. Lucia says:

        Please can you post a link to the game when it starts? I’m at work currently so I will stream with my phone

    2. Sue says:

      To even have a shot on target will be a start 😀

      1. lcebox says:

        Lol good one
        Yes we were bad vs. City but I feel a bounce back today.
        2-0 Abbu and maybe a CB with a header.

        1. Sue says:

          Would love an Auba goal today 👍

    3. Godswill says:

      It was selection issue and not a team problem. Hope Arteta sees with me. Pepe over the other lad. Martinelli or Lacasette over Nkatiah for now.

  4. Bolarewaju Abraham says:

    Am sure we d Gunners will celebrate a 3point today against Brighton no matter wat,GOD b wit us. Gunners till death

  5. SueP says:

    Based on being a nervous Gooner, I predict an edgy victory for us. Please, please show some passion

    1. AY75 says:

      That lack of passion is what’s kills my interest in watching games at times. I hope we’ll put on a good show today

      1. jon fox says:

        PASSION? ACROSS OUR WHOLE TEAM? The last time I truly saw that was around 2007! Which explains exactly why this once noble club is in the state it is in! Not enough players truly care, except about their wages and one player in particular – no prizes for guessing his name- cares ONLY about his personal wealth and does not see why he should be bothered earning it by putting in ANY effort at all.

        1. Hez says:

          Support you on this, I see a Watford team play this way against Leiceter n I feel sorry for us
          We have always had talent but no heart

  6. Sue says:

    It’s the longest day today – I really hope this won’t be a long 90 minutes!!

    Watching Watford v Leicester, urgh Mcmanaman commentating…. earlier Robbie Fowler was on Soccer AM.. scouser overload – I don’t like it 😂😂

  7. Towny254 says:

    Sue the longest day is the 21st June thats tomorrow

    1. Sue says:

      Says online it’s today. There is an eclipse tomorrow – Ring of fire 😄

  8. ahmad73 says:

    Sadly I predict another loss. I will gladly take a point.

  9. Bur says:

    We are poor, poor, just dung. No harm this season was over. It’s totally embarrassing.

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