Arsenal are still in contention for Europa Conference League qualification. But they will need to win Arsenal vs Brighton and hope Tottenham and Everton lose points to finish seventh.
Brighton thus have a lot less to play for than them.
Still they may put up a tough fight after coming back from 2-0 down to defeat them on Tuesday night.
- Nicolas Pepe has three goals in Arsenal’s last two games, which makes him likely to start the season’s final match.
- Loanee Martin Odegaard is expected to return to the starting lineup, in what may be his last game for Arsenal.
- On the home side, Gabriel Martinelli and Alexandre Lacazette are both pushing to start.
- Granit Xhaka was fit enough to start against Palace, and he may retain his starting spot on Sunday too.
- David Luiz is leaving this summer, and Hector Bellerin might be next in line. Both of these points raise serious concerns.
Arsenal possible starting lineup: Leno, Tierney, Gabriel, Holding, Chambers, Saka, Partey, Elneny, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang, Pepe.
- Brighton are healthy, but they could finish as low as 17th or as high as 13th in the table, so it’s unclear what kind of team Graham Potter would field.
- Lewis Dunk will return to the team after serving a two-match suspension. But Neal Maupay will miss another match.
- Danny Welbeck has been ruled out of a reunion with former club Arsenal. He injured his hamstring early in Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over Manchester City.
- Following his outstanding goal against City, Leandro Trossard is expected to return to the starting XI for the final game of the season.
- Moises Caicedo, a January signing, will almost certainly get his first taste of Premier League action at some stage.
Brighton possible starting lineup: Sanchez, White, Webster, Burn, Bissouma, Mac Allister, Gross, Moder, Jahanbakhsh, Alzate, Welbeck.
- Arsenal ended the season strongly with four straight victories, but they will not finish their season in the top four.
- They may finish seventh, though, but if Leicester defeat Tottenham and Manchester City defeat Everton, and if they defeat Brighton.
- Brighton will be confident after coming back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Manchester City in midweek. They have, however, just won one of their last seven away games.
- They are currently in 16th place. However, with three points here and other results going their way, they could finish as high as 13th.
Since their promotion to the Premier League in 2017, Brighton have dominated over Arsenal.
Three of the seven meetings have ended in a tie, while two have ended in a win for the Seagulls.
However, Arsenal won the most recent match, a 1-0 win at the Amex Stadium shortly after Christmas.
This is because substitute Alexandre Lacazette made an immediate impact.
Lacazette, who got the bench to make room for recalled captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, scored the game’s only goal. He scored just 21 seconds after coming on to replace Martinelli.
All in all, Arsenal can be expected to win 1-0 again this weekend.