Arsenal vs Brighton – Sunday 1st October 2017 – 12:00 - BT Sports

Arsenal are 1/4 with Alexandre Lacazette at 5/2 to score first.

Arsenal face Brighton at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, in the first of three Sunday fixtures.

The Gunners come into this match on the back of a 4-2 win away against BATE Borisov in the Europa League.

Theo Walcott (9, 22) scored a rare first-half double for the Gunners, giving Arsenal a deserved 2-0 lead.

Rob Holding also proved an unlikely source to score (25), with the defender converting a close-range finish.

Mirko Ivanic (28) made it 3-1 inside the first thirty minutes, pulling one back for the hosts before the break.

Olivier Giroud made it 4-1 from the penalty spot (49), with Stanislav Dragun pulling the shirt of Shkodran Mustafi inside the box.

Mikhail Gordeychuk grabbed another consolation for the hosts (67), completing an emphatic 4-2 scoreline on the night.

Success Needed

Arsenal have had a tough start to the season, but they have found an unbeaten stretch of form.

They have won five and drawn one of their last six matches, the draw an impressive one against Chelsea.

The Gunners find themselves on 10 points in 7th place, considering their dismal start its an excellent return.

Arsenal face a Brighton side who have had a solid start to life in the Premier League under Chris Hughton.

Gunners Favourites

Wenger's side come into this match as favourites, with their form and pedigree informing the odds.

This will be a tough match, with Arsenal expected to win this match convincingly, it may not be that easy.

Arsenal will be looking for their 8th win in 11 matches against the Seagulls.

Mixed Start

The Seagulls come into this match in mixed form, despite winning their last match 1-0 against Newcastle United.

Tomer Hemed put in a man of the match performance to gain Brighton all three points against an in-form Newcastle.

He scored a 51st minute winner, but his overall stats for the match were three shots, two on target and one goal.

It is an excellent result for Chris Hughton's men, who put last years double defeat against Newcastle to bed.


Wins Needed

Brighton have enjoyed a mixed start to the season, but they have won two of their last three PL matches.

Their only recent blemish has been the defeat to Bournemouth, but wins either side of that against Newcastle and West Brom have negated that.

They find themselves still well placed in 13th position, with a total of seven points from their opening six matches.

A win against the Gunners would be the greatest in their history, it would be an incredible achievement.

Seagulls Underdogs

Chris Hughton's side come into this match as the underdogs, with the Gunners home advantage informing the odds.

Brighton will be looking to put in an excellent performance in this match, with a vital three points at stake.

They will be looking for just their third win against Arsenal.

Brighton are 11/1 with Glenn Murray at 12/1 to open the scoring.


Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Sanchez to score first @ 11/4

Tip 2 – Arsenal to win 3-1 @ 10/1

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