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Friday 19 June 2020 14:54, UK

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta
Image: Mikel Arteta takes his Arsenal side to Brighton on Saturday at 3pm

Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Brighton vs Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Team news

Long-term absentee Jose Izquierdo will be the only player unavailable to Brighton boss Graham Potter for Saturday's Premier League clash with Arsenal. Colombia winger Izquierdo, who has been sidelined with a knee problem, has not featured for Albion since April 2019.

Seagulls striker Aaron Connolly is fit to feature after undergoing a knee operation during the suspension of fixtures.

Arsenal will be without Pablo Mari for the trip to the south coast, with the club fearful he will not feature again this season. The defender suffered a "significant" ankle injury during Wednesday's 3-0 defeat at Manchester City, as did Granit Xhaka - who is also ruled out having sprained his ankle.

With Mari missing, the Gunners will have limited defensive options as Sokratis Papastathopoulos (thigh), Cedric Soares (nose) and Calum Chambers (knee) are all out, while Lucas Torreira (ankle) is absent. David Luiz is also suspended.

Arsenal defence
Image: Arsenal sit ninth in the Premier League, with just nine wins in 29 games

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  • Brighton lost their first Premier League meeting against Arsenal in October 2017 but are unbeaten in four games against the Gunners since (W2 D2).
  • Arsenal are winless in their last four away league games against Brighton (D1 L3), last winning there back in April 1981.
  • Brighton remain the only side without a win in the Premier League in 2020, with the Seagulls drawing six and losing three since the turn of the year.
  • Brighton are unbeaten in all three of their Premier League home games against the six ever-present sides in the competition this season, beating Spurs and Everton before drawing with Chelsea.
  • Arsenal have won just one of their last seven Premier League away games against south coast sides (D3 L3), winning 2-1 at Bournemouth in November 2018.
  • Arsenal have lost two of their last seven Premier League games against sides starting the day in the bottom six (W2 D3), more than they had in their previous 19 such games (W15 D3 L1).

Charlie's prediction

Wednesday was what I expected. The one scenario I did not expect was the team which Mikel Arteta picked. Mesut Ozil was dropped - he has been dropped before in these types of games. He went for youth and he can see where the future is.

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I do not see it as a massive debate or crisis for Arsenal. They are ninth for a reason. There is a reason behind just the nine wins from 29. Over the last five or six years, Arsenal's defence has been poor, not average, but poor. How a team can let this go on for so long is mind-blowing.

Because they have a game under their belt, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang must be fresh as anything as he looked disinterested. Eddie Nketiah looked sharp but then could not get the service. I would not have any hesitation about him starting against Brighton. He has put muscle on, and his link-up play was not bad for all he got.

Aubameyang has to shake a leg. He either wants to stay or he does not. Why not go and win the Golden Boot for yourself? David Luiz is suspended, Pablo Mari will be out, Granit Xhaka is not a big miss in my opinion, so Brighton will give them issues in attack. Arsenal did look sharp and fit but made bad mistakes, and for having that game under their belt, I think Arsenal will have the edge.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-3 (28/1 with Sky Bet)

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