You have to give credit to Brighton and Hove Albion and their head coach Graham Potter.
Since getting back into the Premier League in 2017 they have established themselves as a good, competitive side and they’re really reaping rewards this year for the solid groundwork they have been putting in.
I doubt many of us – at the start of the season – would have expected that when we visited the South Coast in early October Brighton would be joint second in the league, only a point behind the leaders.
The Seagulls are on a great run, they’re in good form and in Maupay they have a dangerous goal threat.
So should we be scared?
Nope. Not if we can bring the attitude to today’s game that we brought to the North London Derby last Sunday.
Brighton are good, but our own team is slowly beginning to create an identity for itself and at the pointy end we have players with the creativity to hurt anyone.
On paper a draw would be a good result for us today, but I will be disappointed with anything less than a win.
Team news is that Xhaka is out with the knee injury he picked up against the N17 Miscreants, but everyone else should be available. With no midweek games ahead and an international break coming up there’s no reason to rest anybody.
With that in mind I expect to see Arteta start with the same team that blew away the Spuds in the first half last weekend, minus the injured Xhaka. I would be inclined to replace the Swiss with Sambi Lokonga, but El Patron may want an older head in amongst our precocious youngsters and might opt for Elneny. We’ll see.
Brighton are effective from set pieces so we’ll need to be disciplined about not giving up fouls in dangerous places and our defensive focus will need to be top notch. Let’s hope that the impressive Ben White reacts to a game against his old club by putting in a man-of-the-match performance.
Here’s the team I expect to see take the field:
Tomayisu – White – Gabriel – Tiermey
Lokonga – Partey
Saka – Aubameyang – Smith-Rowe
Come on you Gunners!