Arsenal look to rejoin the winners’ circle as they travel south to Falmer stadium to face a formidable Brighton side.
Under-fire Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will be looking to both appease the anger of their irate fans and get into the good books of the club’s management so as to extend his troubled tenure – at least until the end of the season.
Brighton will on the other hand be hoping to pounce on their emotionally wounded and demoralized opponents in order to continue their impressive form, which has seen them win three and draw one of their last four matches.
The hosts go into this fixture with their squad operating at almost full capacity as midfielder Jiri Skalak has been cleared for competition after recovering from an ankle injury.
Fellow midfielder Steve Sidwell remains the only absentee after picking up an ankle knock of his own.
The visitors are on the other hand not so lucky as they have a laundry list of injured players. Midfielder Jack Wilshere and defender Nacho Monreal are sidelined by ankle and back injuries respectively.
Striker Alexandre Lacazette is also out of commission until later this month while midfield maestro Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee.
Brighton: Ryan; Bong, Duffy, Dunk, Schelotto; Izquierdo, Propper, Stephens, Knockaert; Gross; Murray
Arsenal: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Koscielny, Mustafi, Bellerin; Elneny, Ramsey; Iwobi, Ozil, Mkhitaryan; Aubameyang
Escape both teams to score as they both boast of skilled attackers and equally ail from leaky defenses, having failed to keep clean sheets in their recent matches.
I will however give the edge and thus the win to Arsenal as the North Londoners will be out to exorcise the demons of their recent failures in order to get the morale boost they desperately need moving forward.