Arsenal’s form has improved over recent weeks. They drew with Chelsea, a match they could have won, sandwiched between home wins over Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion.
Newly promoted side Brighton & Hove Albion have had a decent start to life in the Premier League. In their last three games, they beat West Brom and Newcastle and suffered a defeat against Bournemouth.
The Gunners rested the majority of their first-team players for their midweek trip to Belarus so they should name a strong side to face Brighton. Danny Welbeck, Alex Iwobi, Calum Chambers, Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla are all out injured. Mesut Ozil has returned to training after overcoming a knee injury but may not start on Sunday.
Tomor Hemed, who scored the winner for Brighton against Newcastle last weekend, will begin a three-match ban after being found guilty of violent conduct against Newcastle. Glenn Murray has an outside chance of being involved after he returned to training following an ankle injury.
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 31 Premier League matches against newly-promoted sides (W26, D5) and I expect that to continue against Brighton. They have also won eight successive Premier League home games dating back to March, one victory shy of their all-time record at the Emirates Stadium. Alexandre Lacazette has scored in each of his opening three home league appearances and I think he’ll keep that record going against Chris Hughton’s side. My prediction is Arsenal 3-0 Brighton.