Freddie Ljungberg takes charge of his first home match as Arsenal head coach when the Gunners host Brighton at the Emirates Stadium. his first match was a 2-2 draw away to Norwich City last Sunday.
In the draw, Arsenal did show some encouraging signs especially in the first half with quick attacking football but as always with Arsenal, a defensive howler is always just around the corner.
Norwich scored with their first two shots on target and despite the dominance, Arsenal had in the match, the scoreline felt like a fair reflection on the match.
Brighton is on a three-match losing run with the last match being a 2-1 loss to Liverpool at Anfield. The team is just three points above the relegation zone and in desperate need of a positive result at the Emirates.
Hector Bellerin is doubtful for the clash with a hamstring strain while Dani Ceballos remains out with an ankle injury for Arsenal. As for Brighton, Leandro Trossard and Neal Maupay will each expect to return in the attack, with Aaron Mooy and Arron Connolly potentially dropping out.
Arsenal desperately needs a win. They have not won in the league for 2 months now! However, the team remains a shambles defensively and the change from Unai Emery to Freddie Ljungberg has not done much to improve that side of their game.
Meanwhile, despite losing their last three, Brighton has scored in three of their last five matches. With Arsenals defense struggling to convince, they could have a couple of chances on Thursday night to score.
TIP: Arsenal to win and both teams to score @2.80