Preview: Arsenal vs. Brighton & Hove Albion – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s EFL Cup clash between Arsenal and Brighton & Hove Albion, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.

arsenal begin their quest to end a 30-year drought without one EFL Cup honor to his name when Brighton & Hove Albion visit the Emirates for the third round on Wednesday evening.

While the Gunners enter this stage of the competition, the Seagulls have already had to defeat Forest Green Rovers 3-0 to get this far.

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Almost every question asked about Arsenal’s Premier League title credentials has been answered Mikel ArtetaThe young guns, and their only complaint about Sunday’s 1-0 win against Chelsea is that the margin of victory at Stamford Bridge wasn’t bigger.

Arsenal kept the former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the rest of Chelsea attack with ease, and Gabriel Magalhaes was on hand to run home Bukayo Sakain the 63rd minute to see the Gunners restore their two-point lead over Manchester City at the top.

More and more Gooners are starting to believe they can hold on to a shot at Premier League glory, but Arteta’s side must now turn their attention to the EFL Cup, a competition they have won just twice in the its history and, most recently, in 1992. -Season 93.

The north London club reached the semi-finals last year, holding Liverpool to a goalless draw at Anfield in the first leg with 10 men before losing 2-0 at the Emirates, and since the 2014-15 season had not. went out in the third round.

Arteta’s side go into the midweek competition on the back of three straight wins and three clean sheets in all competitions, and their winning streak at the Emirates now stands at 12 games, but Brighton should have no streak.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Roberto De Zerbi applauds the fans after the match on October 29, 2022© Reuters

Five goals were on the menu when Brighton & Hove Albion put Chelsea to the sword two weekends ago, and another quintet of strikes arrived at Molineux in the latest round of Premier League fixtures, but this it was much tighter.

Adam Lallana i Karou Mitoma struck by the seagulls on both sides of Goncalo Guedes i Ruben Nevesthe efforts, but then Nelson Semedo was sent off for a last-man foul on Mitoma, Brighton pounced to finish Pascal Gross in the 83rd minute.

Maintaining an unlikely European charge will certainly be the aim Roberto De Zerbi as his side sit sixth in the table after 13 games, but a deep cup run would also be appreciated by the Amex faithful, whose side have never made it as far as the EFL Cup.

The Seagulls have suffered two fourth-round exits at Manchester United and Leicester City in the last two seasons, and a rotating squad comfortably saw off Forest Green Rovers 3-0 in the second round, but Brighton travel to the Emirates after ‘having yielded at least twice. in each of their last five away games.

Arsenal failed to win either of their Premier League meetings with Brighton last year – a 0-0 draw at the Amex before a 2-1 defeat at the Emirates in April – and the visitors they can have that small glimmer of hope considering how Arteta’s second… The string side have failed to dominate Europa League fixtures this season.

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Team news

Arsenal's Takehiro Tomiyasu is out injured on November 3, 2022© Reuters

Apart from the long-term absence of the groin Emile Smith RoweArsenal’s only other injury concern at the moment is Takehiro Tomiyasuwho came off with a muscle problem against FC Zurich in the Europa League and did not feature against Chelsea.

The severity of the 23-year-old’s problem has not been officially revealed, but his absence should allow Cedric Soares to make his first start of the season at right-back as Arteta rotates ahead of the weekend’s Premier League clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Matt Turner has recovered from a groin injury and should deputize Aaron Ramsdale in the goal, while Kieran Tierney, Rob Holding, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Fabio Vieira i Eddie Nketiah it should also be online to begin with.

As for the seagulls, Jakub mother It’s De Zerbi’s only injury concern at the moment as the midfielder continues on the long road to recovery from his knee injury, which could keep him sidelined until the end of February.

Changes can also be expected from the visitors Jason Steele, Tariq Lamptey i Billy Gilmour hoping to earn chances to impress, but De Zerbi will still be looking to field a team capable of producing a shock result at the Emirates.

One man who could also benefit from some rotation is the former Arsenal striker Danny Welbeckwho takes on his former employers after scoring 32 goals in 126 games for the Gunners but is yet to find the back of the net this season.

Arsenal’s possible starting line-up:
return; Cedric, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Elneny, Lokonga; Marquinhos, Vieira, Nelson; Nketiah

Brighton & Hove Albion possible starting line-up:
Steele; Veltman, Dunk, Colwill; Lamptey, Caicedo, Gilmour, Mitoma; March, Welbeck, Trossard

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We say: Arsenal 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Arsenal’s reserve players have not been able to dominate teams in the same way as Arteta’s main men this term, and a Brighton side who could opt to name a relatively strong XI know the pressure is on north of london.

The home crowd should not expect to witness an Emirates attack here, but Brighton’s defensive frailties on the road should be exposed by an in-form Arsenal as the Gunners book their place in the fourth round.

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