Though beaten in their last three Premier League (PL) games, Arsenal have produced some pleasing trends at home. Most notably of all, they have scored the last match goal inside the final half-hour in each of their last four PL home games, reinforcing their sense of staying power.
Additionally, since the start of May 2018, Arsenal have only conceded an equaliser once after scoring first in a PL home match. In relation to this, each of the Gunners’ last three home league victories to-nil have seen them win five of a possible six halves of football.
Winless in seven PL matches ahead of kick-off (D2, L5), and losers to-nil in each of those five defeats, Brighton have lost on all preceding PL trips to a top-six club this season. Relevantly, a majority of those have seen the ‘Seagulls’ lose to-nil (four times) and/or lose the first half to-nil (four times).
Against all opponents, Brighton have also recovered precisely zero points from the last 18 available after conceding first in an away league match. Of those six matches, five produced over 1.5 goals, with Brighton going on to concede a second rather than equalise in each, while losing to-nil on four occasions.
Players to watch: Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has netted once in each of his last two PL clashes with Brighton, with both strikes arriving in the first half.
German midfielder Pascal Gross remains the most recent Brighton scorer at the ground of a top-six club.
Stat attack: Each of Arsenal’s last four PL home wins to-nil have seen the ‘Gunners’ win the first half.
Every PL H2H has seen the distribution of points go unchanged between half-time and full-time.
Across all venues, Brighton have lost the first half in five of their last seven matches.
The ‘Seagulls’ have conceded first in eight of their last nine matches.
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Referee: Taylor A. (Eng),
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London)