Arsenal 0-0 Brighton LIVE! Premier League match stream, latest score and goal updates today
Arsenal vs Brighton LIVE!
After Manchester City travel to Everton earlier on Sunday, Arsenal host Brighton on what could be a pivotal day in the Premier League title race. The Gunners have no margin for error and need a win at Emirates Stadium to keep the heat on leaders City, who are a point clear at the top and have played one game fewer.
Arsenal will know the City result by the time they kick off and Mikel Arteta is confident his side are over their mini-slump, having recovered from what may well prove a decisive defeat at City with convincing wins over Chelsea and Newcastle.
Leandro Trossard will be hoping to get one over on his old club but Arteta is braced for a backlash from Brighton after they were thrashed 5-1 at home by Everton last weekend. With kick-off at 4.30pm BST, follow all the action at Emirates Stadium, with expert insight and analysis from Simon Collings.
Arsenal vs Brighton latest news
SUB: Martinelli forced off early
How to watch: Sky Sports
Arsenal XI: Zinchenko misses out
Brighton XI: Four changes
Score prediction: Gunners win
Arsenal FC 0 – 0 Brighton & Hove Albion FC
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19min: Martinelli’s game is up as he’s been unable to shake off that knock.
Trossard is coming on.
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16min: Odegaard fizzes a shot wide from 25 yards. A very similar position to his goal against Newcastle, but Steele had this sighted the whole way.
Brighton dominating possession.
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14min: Now White goes in late on Enciso. They aren’t messing around, either team.
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12min: First real chance of note for either side as Enciso turns White inside out before firing at Ramsdale’s near post, but the keeper gets a strong left hand to it.
Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium
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Two incidents that should be yellows and nothing given by the referee, seemingly because it’s the first 10 minutes.
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7min: It’s a bit feisty at the Emirates. Caicedo gets revenge on Martinelli with a late challenge from behind, which also doesn’t warrant a booking.
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5min: Uh oh. The ball comes out and Martinelli wipes out Mitoma. It’s accidental, but didn’t look any less nasty. “Incredible” he isn’t booked, says Gary Neville.
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4min: Early corner for Arsenal, won off Ferguson. Martinelli takes but he can’t beat the first man.
Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium
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Fair play, it’s loud. Arsenal players responding and looking to press high up the pitch from the get-go.
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1min: Odegaard gets a ball in the face inside 30 seconds.
That’ll sting, but he’ll be fine.
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1min: Here we go!
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The teams are out, we are minutes away.
Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium
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Intriguing to see what the atmosphere is like early on here. Everyone knows the City result and I just wonder if it will impact how loud the Arsenal fans are at kick-off. The title is slipping away.
De Zerbi on a new page
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Brighton boss Roberto de Zerbi is looking to put last week’s 5-1 loss to Everton behind the team at the first attempt.
“For sure we are still frustrated and disappointed for the last result but we know how it can be in football and we have to be ready to fight and play with the right mentality and the right style of play,” he told Sky Sports.
“We have to attack but we have to defend with balance and with the head because we know Arsenal are a great team. But I think we have the quality to win. We can write history. We have a big, big motivation. We don’t have too many players but enough to win some games to qualify for Europe.”
Arteta on City win
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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been speaking to Sky Sports after Manchester City’s win, which leaves the champions two wins from another title.
“Nothing changes – we have to win our game. We don’t have any other choice. We have to win [our last three games] to gives ourselves the best chance – starting today. We have a big task ahead of us to beat Brighton. They dominate important aspects of the game and they can be very efficient with the ball and really aggressive without it.
“You’ve seen the number of games they have played, the amount of points they have picked up. I don’t know [if this is a good time to play them after their 5-1 home defeat to Everton].”
Asked about Zinchenko’s fitness, the manager appeared less hopeful than on Friday over if the defender would play again this season.
“I don’t know,” he said. “We will have to see in the next couple of days how he reacts.”
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So, Manchester City made easy work for Everton and run out 3-0 winners. Over to you, Arsenal…
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So, it’s the one change for Arsenal as Tierney replaces the injured Zinchenko. Trossard is on the bench.
Brighton make four changes as Colwill, Gilmour, Enciso and Ferguson come in.
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…and the hosts.
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Here’s how the visitors look.
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Simon Collings checks in.
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Team news to be announced in just under 15 minutes. We’re not expecting too many changes from Arsenal, though Brighton could spring a surprise or two.
Brighton recent record
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Brighton have won on their last two matches at the Emirates – in the League Cup earlier this season and the same league meeting last season.
Welbeck, Mitoma and Lamptey were all on target in November, just before the World Cup, while Trossard – now at Arsenal, of course – and Mwepu scored 13 months ago.
Head to head
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The Gunners have just won three of their last 11 meetings with the Seagulls, losing five. An ominous sign.
Arsenal wins: 15
Brighton wins: 7
Xhaka staying put
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Talking of midfielders with uncertain futures, Granit Xhaka has been linked with a move away from Arsenal.
Bayer Leverkusen are reportedly keen on the Gunners skipper this summer, but Mikel Arteta will not even entertain thoughts of the 30-year-old departing.
“As you can understand I’m not going to be replying to certain stories,” said Arteta, when quizzed on Leverkusen’s interest in Xhaka.
“But I’m extremely happy with Granit, I think he’s having an incredible season, probably the best season he’s had at the club, and we are really happy to have him.”
No concerns over Caicedo
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Roberto De Zerbi has no concerns over Moises Caicedo as the midfielder faces an Arsenal team who tried to sign him in January.
Asked if Caicedo has extra motivation to perform today, De Zerbi replied “No, I think no. He’s playing for Brighton now and only Brighton. I have no doubts but I want only players focused in our team and our club.
“He’s playing very well. He always is one of the best players on the pitch.”
Arsenal still digging
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Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal are not giving up hope of overhauling Manchester City in the title race.
The destiny of the title was taken out of their own hands after a 4-1 thrashing at City followed a run of three consecutive draws. Arsenal have since beaten Chelsea and Newcastle.
“We are going to continue to dig – dig, dig, dig, dig,” he said. “And maybe the prize is there. We don’t know if it’s there, but we are going to continue to dig, just in case it is where we can get to, and make sure that we can do our best.
“The stakes are huge and we are full of enthusiasm to get that prize in the best possible way. To do that, we have to win our matches and the first one is Brighton and they are fighting for something very important.
“That is what is going to make it really complicated.”
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The Seagulls have enjoyed an excellent season but their shock thumping by Everton underlines the potential for it all to fall apart and deny them European football at the death.
A tricky fixture run-in leaves Brighton vulnerable to becoming the latest victims of the Premier League’s sheer ruthlessness, and it is hard to see them bouncing back to defeat an Arsenal side who confidently beat Newcastle last time out.
Arsenal to win, 3-1.
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Solly March will miss out after picking up a hamstring injury against Everton, with Adam Webster also ruled out. Evan Ferguson though is available.
A relatively long list of injuries includes Jeremy Sarmiento (ankle), Tariq Lamptey (knee), Adam Lallana (thigh), Jakub Moder (knee) and Joel Veltman (hamstring).
Zinchenko could feature
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The Gunners will once again be without William Saliba who continues to suffer with a nagging back injury, and it seems unlikely the French defender will play again this season. The same was thought of Oleksandr Zinchenko, who will miss out here but Arteta has given a more positive update.
Mikel Arteta could persist with Jorginho in midfield, ahead of Thomas Partey, while Leandro Trossard is hoping to start in place of Gabriel Martinelli to take on his old club.
Mohamed Elneny and Takehiro Tomiyasua are both long-term absentees with knee issues.
Where to watch
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TV channel: In the UK, the game will be televised live on Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League, with coverage beginning after Manchester City’s trip to Everton.
Live stream: Subscribers can also catch the contest live online via the Sky Go app.
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Good afternoon and welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Brighton.
It is set to be another huge day in the title race, with Manchester City facing Everton any minute now and able to go four points clear with victory.
How will Arsenal cope against an impressive Brighton side? How will the Seagulls react to last week’s shock loss to Everton?
Kick-off at the Emirates Stadium is at 4.30pm BST. Stick with us.