Arsenal v Brighton: how things have moved on since 9 April

By Bulldog Drummond

The phrase “thick and fast” as in the comment “the games are coming thick and fast” hardly bears logical scrutiny – how can games be thick, although “fast” might just about describe the fact that Arsenal are playing twice a week at the moment.  And up next we have the 3rd round of the League Cup, with a home match against Brighton and Hove.

So time to start off with the usual home and away analysis which by and large tends to give a fairly good indication of what the result will be (although interestingly not an analysis that others seem to want to take notice of.  Maybe we should say (c) Untold Arsenal 2022.


Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts PPG
2 Arsenal home 6 6 0 0 19 7 12 18 3.00
5 Brighton and Hove Albion away 7 3 1 3 12 13 -1 10 1.43


Arsenal pick up twice as many points in each home game as Brighton gain in each away game, and the difference in goal difference (if you see what I mean) is 13 in Arsenal’s favour.  Our average home score is 3-1, Brighton’s average away score is a little under 2-2.   A win for Brighton would be a real turn up.

It is also worth having a look at the home and away table across the last six matches just to see where the form is at the moment.

Arsenal are on a perfect home run across the last six home and away games, while Brighton are struggling with one win and two defeats away.  In other words, nothing has changed in the last six games from the picture that is picked up by the complete league table.


Pos Team P W D L F A W D L F GA GD Pts
2 Arsenal 6 3 0 0 11 3 2 1 0 3 1 10 16
12 Brighton and Hove 6 1 1 1 4 2 1 0 2 4 7 -1 7


This being the third round, and Arsenal being excused the first two rounds it’s our first league cup match of the season, while Brighton have already played one game beating Forest Green 0-2 away back in August.

Their one league triumph of late away from home was on 5 November with a 2-3 away win at Wolverhampton.  Wolverhampton are 19th in the league and 19th if we just look at home games, so the Brighton victory was expected.

But hold on there, Wolverhampton are owned by a rich Chinese investment group aren’t they?  So what are they doing almost bottom of the league having come 10th last season?   Now that is a jolly good question and one that we shall enjoy unpicking when we play the club (although we did warn this might happen) – although a clue comes with the fact that they were punished for breaching financial rules a while back. 

However, for the moment we can say that Wolverhampton are in dire straits and Brighton only winning by one goal is really not that good.  Previously Brighton lost away to Fulham, Brentford and Manchester City while gaining a creditable 3-3 draw away to Liverpool.

For Arsenal it has been straight home wins all the way with the home goal scoring now reading in all competitions 19 for and five against.

Brighton lost their manager to Chelsea on 8 September.  After that they lost two and drew five of their next six games, before beating Chelsea 4-1 at home and Wolverhampton 2-3 away in their last two games.

Across the years Arsenal have only played Brighton 25 times, winning 14 and losing six.  Which sounds ok but our record against them in the last nine games is not what we would expect.  We have won just two of those nine, lost four and drawn three.  It is rather a shocking series of results – made all the worse by the fact that all the games have been in the Premier League, so there is no thought of our having put out a weakened team.


Date Match Result Score Competition
4 Mar 2018 Brighton and Hove Albion v Arsenal L 2-1 Premier League
26 Dec 2018 Brighton and Hove Albion v Arsenal D 1-1 Premier League
05 May 2019 Arsenal v Brighton and Hove Albion D 1-1 Premier League
05 Dec 2019 Arsenal v Brighton and Hove Albion L 1-2 Premier League
20 Jun 2020 Brighton and Hove Albion v Arsenal L 2-1 Premier League
29 Dec 2020 Brighton and Hove Albion v Arsenal W 0-1 Premier League
23 May 2021 Arsenal v Brighton and Hove Albion W 2-0 Premier League
02 Oct 2021 Brighton and Hove Albion v Arsenal D 0-0 Premier League
09 Apr 2022 Arsenal v Brighton and Hove Albion L 1-2 Premier League


Our line up in that last game on 9 April this year was


Soares White Gabriel Xhaka

Odegaard Lokonga

Saka  Smith Rowe  Lacazette  Martinelli

The match came in a run of four defeats in five games.   One Arsenal goal was disallowed by VAR but Odegaard’s goal just before the end of the game was a thing of magic.  Otherwise it is not easy watching.

Fortunately, seven months on, that sort of result seems rather less likely.

6 Replies to “Arsenal v Brighton: how things have moved on since 9 April”

  1. Perhaps Brighton’s results to date do not necessarily reflect their true quality. From what I have seen, they seem to play good football, which doesn’t always get the results which it may deserve.

    They are likely to be a strong opponent. – certainly no pushovers

  2. I think it goes without saying a lot may depend on the strength of the teams we both field.

    If we both field full strength sides we should be okay, although I doubt very much either manager will do that. If we both field entire second string, we should be okay.

    Personally, I think Arteta will dig even deeper than second string, giving game time to 2 or 3 youth players such as Marquinhos, Matt Smith, Nwaneri and even Karl Hein. The rest will be players pretty much universally accepted as second choice in their positions such as Nketiah, Nelson, Elneny, Tierny, Holding, Soares and Lakonga.

    I’m not convinced Arteta will start with one first choice player.

    If Arteta does go down this route, which I suspect he will, how it plays out will depend very much on the strength of the team Brighton put out.

  3. Everyone is playing two games this week and with the season breaking up for the WC I wonder if Arteta will go pretty full strength?

    Pep always takes this competition seriously as you can see in Man City’s recent record in it and we do tend to shadow the way City operate…

  4. On the basis that everyone will have a break after the next 2 games I would field a very strong side , we need to focus on winning every game , take nothing for granted . If we are 2 goals clear after an hour perhaps then bring on subs but dont change the defence . But hey ive been wrong plenty of times before so it makes good sense to stick by Mikel’s very good judgement and back his decisions and do our bit to get behind our beloved team . Come on Arsenal !!

  5. Reading what you say about just 2 games I see what you mean. There is certainly some logic to what you are saying.

    But being at full strength to get a win at Wolves is so big. I just think it would be such an enormous psychological boost to go into the World Cup on top. Man City will win their last league match, we need to win ours.

    But as you suggest, whatever Arteta does he has my backing.

  6. I don’t usually make team predictions for matches, but I will go with:-

    Turner, Cedric, Holding, Gabriel M, Tierney, Elneny, Lokonga, Vieira, Marquinhos, Nelson, Nketiah

    Zinchenko in midfield could also be an option, but I think he will be saved for the Wolves game.

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