A guest post from @Labo_Goon
Good morning guys.
Here we are, having to play catch up once again after other top teams already had their game-week fixtures, but I guess that’s the down side of playing Thursday nights. Not that that it in any way would stop broadcasters from messing about with our timetables. But I digress.
We host Brighton for the very first time at the Emirates. They did of course play against us 16 times before, beating us on 2 occasions… both in 1982 – “I want my Arsenal back” I hear the weirdos shouting from the back. But those losses were a lifetime ago, and so was our defeat at Anfield!
I’m gonna be honest, on paper and reality this is a game everybody expects the Arsenal to win, whether it’s gonna be a comfortable victory I guess is what today will be all about.
In the 6 previous Premier League games thus far Arsenal conceded 8 goals and Brighton 7. Them letting in about 1 goal/game is reason why Arsène Wenger said, “they are well organized and disciplined defensively”, so we might need to be a bit patient breaking them down. And other than that ‘organisation’ at the back I can’t really see them doing very much going forward. They scored 5 goals in their previous 6 PL outings and their striker Tomer Hemed, responsible for 2 of those is suspended. Pascal Groß, their other attacking threat, who also scored 2 will need to do something special to puncture our defence.
On team selection, Brighton might not make us quake in our boots but I doubt Arsène will tempt fate, so I don’t see us changing from a strong team that beat WBA this past Monday, apart from Mo ElNeny that could miss out. He played Monday and Thursday, so is due a rest. With Mesut Ozil still unavailable I think we could see Theo Walcott making the matchday 11 in place of ElNeny. Of course it would be great if it could be Jack but 2 games in 4 days might be a bit too soon as he continue his rehabilitation and integration back to first team consideration. With Koscielny and his suspect achilles being called-up for national duty, perhaps he too could get a rest, but who knows?
Victory today will mean we finish the period since the previous International break unbeaten. With the draw away to Chelsea the only dropped points, we couldn’t had asked for more. I just love it that slowly the cream is making its way to the top. Ya Gunners Ya!
Forgive me if it sounds like I don’t give Brighton any chance, but it’s hard to see anything other than victory for Arsenal.
Good luck to all watching from wherever, to those going to the Emirates… do cheer on behalf of the rest of us and don’t forget to give a warm welcome to our opponents on their first visit to our spiritual home, especially more so around the 27th minute mark.