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Arsenal vs. Brighton & Hove Albion match thread: birdie, not bogey

The Gunners look to turn around their record against a club that has beguiled them of late.

Arsenal FC v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Arsenal host Brighton & Hove Albion at the Emirates today, looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Aston Villa last weekend that saw them relinquish their brief hold on the top spot in the Premier League table. The visitors sit 8th on 26 points, looking to keep pace with the clubs vying for a European place.

Arsenal have struggled against Brighton in the past few years, winning just one of the last five meetings between the clubs in all competitions. Since the Seagulls were promoted to the Premier League in 20117-18, Arsenal have amassed a middling 4-3-5 record against them. The Gunners turned in one of their worst performances of last season against Brighton in May, losing 3-0 at the Emirates.

Brighton are in the midst of a mixed run of form. They’ve been good in European competition and inconsistent in the Premier League, sputtering to a 2-5-3 record in their last 10 league matches. The Seagulls are rarely boring, however. They’ve scored in 32 consecutive PL matches and have conceded in 20 straight, including giving up the first goal in their last four Premier League contests.

Mikel Arteta will be without Thomas Partey, Takehiro Tomiyasu, and Fabio Vieira for today’s match, all of whom are out for some periods of weeks. Jurrien Timber is out long-term recovering from a torn ACL. Mohamed Elneny, who was substituted off against PSV Eindhoven with a hamstring problem, is not thought to have a serious injury and shouldn’t miss much time. Gabriel Martinelli, who missed out midweek through illness, is expected to be available for selection. Jorginho misses out with a foot problem.

Roberto De Zerbi’s squad has been hit hard by injuries: Solly March, Danny Welbeck, Julio Enciso, Tariq Lamptey, Pervis Estupinan, and Ansu Fati are all out. Centerback Adam Webster faces a late fitness test to determine his availability.

WHAT: Arsenal vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
WHERE: The Emirates
WHEN: Sunday, December 17th 6 am PT | 9 am ET | 3 pm BT
US TV: USA and Telemundo.

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Arsenal - Raya, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Rice, Havertz, Ødegaard, Saka, Martinelli, Jesus

Brighton - Verbruggen, Dunk, Milner, Gilmour, Gross, Lallana, Mitoma, Adingra, Ferguson, Van Hecke, Veltman