Arsenal take on Brighton at the Emirates Stadium on the final day of the Premier League season with their chances of qualifying for the Europa Conference League and finishing above local rivals Spurs still alive.
The Gunners defeated Graham Potter’s side back in December thanks to a 66th minute goal from Alexandre Lacazette. With Brighton already safe and coming into this off the back of an impressive comeback win over champions Manchester City, this could prove a tricky fixture for Mikel Arteta’s side.
The Seagulls are one of the top-flight’s most entertaining sides and are unlikely to turn up and park the bus and so this should be an entertaining encounter with plenty riding on it for the north Londoners.
What time is kick-off? Sunday 23 May – 16:00 (BST)
Where is the game being played? Emirates Stadium, London
How to watch on TV? Sky Sports Arena (UK)
Referee: Jonathan Moss
VAR: Simon Hooper
Hector Bellerin has been ruled out of Sunday’s clash with Brighton and David Luiz is unlikely to return from injury. Other than the aforementioned pair, Arteta is expected to have a full squad to select from with Granit Xhaka having returned midweek during the win at Crystal Palace.
Lewis Dunk will return for the Seagulls after serving a two match ban but Neal Maupay remains suspended. Danny Welbeck who has been in good form recently will miss out on a reunion with his former club due to a hamstring injury.
Arsenal: Leno; Chambers, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Partey; Pepe, Odegaard, Saka; Aubameyang
Brighton: Sanchez; White, Dunk, Webster; Gross, Bissouma, Lallana, Burn; Mac Allister, Trossard; Zeqiri
Arsenal’s biggest problems this season have come when they’ve faced sides at the Emirates determined on playing with a low-block and subsequently forcing the Gunners to try and unlock a compact and deep defence. More often than not they’ve failed to do so but in Brighton they’re likely to face a side intent on taking the game to the Arteta’s men.
The shackles have been off all season for Brighton when it comes to their playing style but the added freedom that comes with being safe from the drop has seen them express themselves even more in recent weeks.
There should be spaces for Arsenal to exploit and their superior individual quality should be enough to see them take all three points.
Prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Brighton