- End of 2nd Half
- 2nd Half
- Smith RoweMaitland-Niles89'
- Mac AllisterMaupay68'
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FT: Brighton 0-1 Arsenal. Substitute Alexandre Lacazette's second-half goal was enough to ensure Arsenal won back-to-back league games for the first time since September. Brighton finish 2020 having won one home league game all season. Thanks for joining us. Goodnight.
A couple of late corners here for Brighton, but they come to nothing. That should be that.
Arsenal doing their best to waste time in the corner.
- OffEmile Smith RoweArsenal
- OnAinsley Maitland-NilesArsenal
Late change for Arsenal with Ainsley Maitland-Niles on for Smith Rowe. Five minutes of added time here.
Bellerin charges at the heart of the Brighton defence, but has no support so turns back.
Poor from March as he fouls Xhaka when applying too much pressure.
Joël Veltman gets to the byline, but gets his cross all wrong, Brighton's final ball has been very poor tonight.
Lacazette clips a cross to the back post, but it is too far for Smith Rowe.
Is he going to be the match winner?
- OffBukayo SakaArsenal
- OnDani CeballosArsenal
Saka is not able to continue, as Dani Ceballos takes his place.
Saka seemed to get trodden on from a corner. He goes off the touchline to get more treatment and the game goes on.
Saka is down getting treatment. This is worrying for Arsenal.
- OffAlireza JahanbakhshBrighton & Hove Albion
- OnLeandro TrossardBrighton & Hove Albion
Change for Brighton, with Leandro Trossard on for Jahanbakhsh.
March whips a cross into the middle, but Leno comes out to came it with ease.
And what a lovely finish it was.
Brighton need to find their cutting edge, which has deserted them far too often this season.
He has been superb these last two games.
- OffAlexis Mac AllisterBrighton & Hove Albion
- OnNeal MaupayBrighton & Hove Albion
Double change for Brighton, with Solly March and Neal Maupay on for Propper and Mac Allister.
It was just 21 seconds, in fact, that Lacazette was on the pitch before being picked out by Saka after great work from the youngster down the right, with Lacazette picking his spot with aplomb. Three goals in three games for him now.
- GoalAlexandre LacazetteArsenal
GGGGGGOOOOOOAAALLLLL!!!! Brighton 0-1 Arsenal. What an impact! Lacazette breaks the deadlock, less than a minute after coming on!
- OffGabriel MartinelliArsenal
- OnAlexandre LacazetteArsenal
Change for Arsenal, with Alexandre Lacazette on for Martinelli.
SAVE! Nice through pass into Propper, who goes from the near post, but Leno gets down well to save again.
Brighton back on the attack now. Much better second half this.
Quick free-kick catches Brighton cold, Saka gets to the byline, Aubameyang drops back for the pull back, but Dunk makes a great interception on the slide.
- Yellow cardLewis DunkBrighton & Hove Albion
Dunk becomes the first player into the book for pulling back Smith Rowe.
Brighton make their first foray forward in a while, but Burn's cross is blocked.
Six attempts for Arsenal in the match, five of those in nine minutes of the second half.
Arsenal are all over Brighton here, Aubameyang comes inside, but curls just over.
OVER! Smith Rowe into Martinelli, who fires just over the top. Much, much more like it from Arsenal.
What a chance that was. Arsenal looking sharp at the start of this second half.
SAVE! By far and away Arsenal's best move of the game. Lightning break, Saka plays it across for Aubameyang, who should score from eight yards, but his first-time effort is saved by Sanchez's knee.
Blistering start to the half from Brighton! Firstly, Bellerin has to dispossess Mac Allister at the last, before Dunk thinks he should be awarded a penalty after confusion from a corner in the Arsenal box. Nothing given.
- 2nd Half
KICK OFF! We are back under way, here. No changes for either side.
Well, it isn't going THIS bad for Arsenal, at least.
- End of 1st Half
HT: Brighton 0-0 Arsenal. No stoppage time here. Ponderous and slow so far. Arsenal not had a shot on target. Brighton have managed one.
Arsenal finishing the half the stronger side. Tierney whips a cross into the middle but Sanchez is there to claim again.
Aubameyang drifts out wide, but has limited options available to him.
Bielsa crushing Big Sam before half time.
Arsenal need half time here. The hosts are well on top.
SAVE! Arsenal under the cosh here. Cross into the Arsenal box causes all kinds of problems, Bernardo pulls it back for Jahanbakhsh, who goes for the near post, but Leno gets down brilliantly to make a smart save.
Dreadful pass from Elneny, Mc Allister picks the ball up, has a pop from distance, but arrows a strike just over.
Mari clips a ball over the top to, well, nobody. Very little movement ahead of him.
This is not the greatest. A much-changed Brighton, with no strikers on the pitch, are offering very little, while Arsenal look nervous.
Smith Rowe launches a free-kick into the middle, but Robert Sanchez comes way off his line to pluck the ball out of the air.
Xhaka lines up a free-kick, looking to repeat his effort against Chelsea, but curls his strike over the top.
Saka does really well to dispossess Davy Propper as Brighton attacked en masse.
Martinelli into Aubameyang, but the Gunners skipper looks a little sluggish and is easily tackled.
Leno almost makes a complete hash of things, doing kick ups before poking the ball clear. Very casual indeed.
Still Brighton very much in command. They are not creating a great deal, however.
He has been linked with a host of clubs.
Aubameyang very much a bystander early on here.
Yves Bissouma clips a cross into the middle, but Dan Burn, who towers over marker Bellerin, heads over.
Kieran Tierney does really well to drive down the left and get the cross into the middle, but it is cleared.
First effort of the game, and it is from the hosts. Brighton swiftly work the ball out to the left and a low cross finds Jahanbakhsh, but the Iranian blasts his first-time effort high and wide.
Brighton playing some neat football here early on.
Martinelli tries to flick the ball through with his head but Lewis Dunk makes the interception.
Bernd Leno comes a long way from his goal to make a header, but gets away with it.
Granit Xhaka tries to clip a pass over the top for Hector Bellerin but gets too much on it.
So it looks as though Alexis Mac Allister is playing as a false nine, with Alexis Mac Allister and Pascal Gross either side.
- 1st Half
KICK OFF! We are up and running here at the Amex Stadium. Let's try and work out how this unusual-looking Brighton side will set up.
So here we go. Arsenal are looking to win back-to-back league games this season for the first time since their opening two games back in September. The Gunners scored as many goals in their 3-1 win against Chelsea last time out as they had in their previous seven league games combined. We are minutes away!
A rallying cry from, er, Pablo Mari.
This Brighton line-up is something of a puzzle.
Is Diego Costa the answer to Arsenal's goalscoring problems?
HOME DISCOMFORTS: Brighton have won just one of their 16 home Premier League games in 2020, though that victory did come against Arsenal back in June. No team in Premier League history has won as few as one home game across an entire calendar year (excluding teams that were promoted/relegated).
Arteta looks ahead to tonight's match...
HEAD TO HEAD: Brighton won home and away league games against Arsenal last season – they’ve never won three in a row against the Gunners in league competition before. After winning their first two top-flight away games against Brighton (4-0 in 1979, 1-0 in 1981), the Gunners are winless in their last five league visits to face the Seagulls (D1 L4).
AUBA BACK, BRIGHTON MAKE SIX CHANGES: There is just one change from the Arsenal team that beat Chelsea on Boxing Day, but it is a big one, with skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back to lead the lead. Mikel Arteta has therefore stuck with youngsters Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe. Graham Potter, on the other hand, has made six changes from Brighton's draw with West Ham. Joel Veltman, Bernardo, Pascal Gross, Davy Propper, Alexis Mac Allister and Alireza Jahanbakhsh all come in.
TEAMS - BRIGHTON: Sanchez, Veltman, Webster, Dunk, Burn, Bernardo, Bissouma, Gross, Propper, Mac Allister, Jahanbakhsh... Subs: Steele, White, Connolly, Maupay, Trossard, Welbeck, March, Zeqiri, Molumby. /// ARSENAL: Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Mari, Tierney, Elneny, Xhaka, Smith Rowe, Saka, Martinelli, Aubameyang... Subs: Runarsson, Ceballos, Lacazette, Maitland-Niles, Cedric, Pepe, Mustafi, Willock, Nketiah.
The teams are in...
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Arsenal's trip to Brighton in the Premier League. Is the crisis over? Arsenal were vastly improved in their Boxing Day win over Chelsea, ending a run of seven league games without a win. Brighton, however, will be out to continue an impressive recent record against the Gunners, having won both meetings last season.