Arsenal (DDLWW) 8-5 Brighton (DDWLL)
English Premier League: 5 December 2019 at 8:15 PM (UK time)
Venue: Emirates Stadium
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Freddie Ljungberg will be desperate to seal his first win at the club when they host Brighton at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal is winless in their last six-game and the club can't wait longer to break this gloomy streak.
This is an important fixture for the Gunners as the win will send them directly to the sixth position in the points table, leapfrogging Man Utd and Spurs in the way and just two points behind fifth-place Wolves.
It is still quite early to comment on their interim manager - Freddie Ljungberg- who failed to win his first game against Norwich last weekend. Defensive fragility had been a major headache to the club with their two centres back - David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi - highly prone to individual errors and lack of positional awareness of these two and the rest of team while defending has been a major let down this season. Their goalie Bernard Leno has made the most saves (59) of any Premier League goalkeeper this season but kept only two clean sheets. This tells a lot about the defensive vulnerabilities of the club.
Ljungberg will continue to miss out on the service of Dani Ceballos who is sidelined due to hamstring injury while Hector Bellerin inclusion to the squad looks doubtful. Ljungberg will be making few alterations in the squad that played against Norwich. Nicolas Pepe is likely to get his first start under Ljungberg. Aubameyang and Lacazette will be starting on attacking front as ever.
Brighton visit to the Emirates comes at the back of four consecutive defeat. Although the team put up a valiant display against Liverpool it was not enough to get something. The Seagulls started this season on a high note but slipped down to the wrong end of the table as the season progressed. They are just three points above the relegation zone.
Despite a bad run of forms, Brighton may fancy their chance against the chaotic opposition who hadn't won from the last three fixtures between them.
Graham Potter may retain the same squad that lost to Liverpool last weekend except for the return of french striker Maupay. Bernardo, Solomon March and Jose Izquierdo all miss the trip to the Emirates Stadium.
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