14th May, 2023 @ 05:32 am
Arsenal's 2-0 win over Newcastle was their toughest remaining test this season, keeping the pressure on Premier League (PL) leaders Manchester City. Despite having passed the 80-point mark, they are still playing catch-up, so all they can do is keep winning and hope their opponents make a mistake. "There are three games left and we're still in it," manager Mikel Arteta stressed.
Their final home game is against Brighton & Hove Albion, who have won the last two meetings here, so the Gunners should expect another test as they attempt to extend their six-game unbeaten Premier League record at the Emirates (W5, D1). Arteta's team scored at least three goals in all of those games, but they've never done so against Brighton in the Premier League (W2, D1, L2)!
That may inspire the visitors, who will be stinging from Monday's shocking 5-1 loss to Everton, which dented their European qualifying hopes. With games in hand on those around them, Roberto De Zerbi's side is still in a strong position, even though he believes they must "improve very quickly" to finish in the top six.
With three difficult league away games remaining - trips to Newcastle and Aston Villa - it's make or break time for the Seagulls, who should pose a threat having scored in each of their last 11 PL road fixtures (W5, D3, L3), though it's worth noting their mixed league record in London this season (W2, D1, L3).
Players to watch: After scoring in both of Arsenal's previous two games, Martin degaard has 15 goals this season, with five of the last six coming before the break. Alex Mac Allister, who has scored after the 75th minute in both of Brighton's last two games, may be more likely to score after halftime.
Prior to the round, no side had conceded more own goals in the Premier League this season than Brighton (five).