Arsenal vs Brighton LIVE Football Score
Arsenal will be without Hector Bellerin as the full-back has been ruled out with a leg injury that he sustained against Chelsea earlier this month so he may have played his last game for the club amid rumours of a possible summer move.
David Luiz remains a doubt with an on-going thigh injury that’s kept him out of the past four games while second choice goalkeeper Mat Ryan is ineligible to face his parent club.
Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard are pushing for recalls after making impacts off the bench against Crystal Palace while Granit Xhaka should return to the starting eleven after recovering from a groin injury.
As for Brighton, Danny Welbeck misses the chance to face his former club as the striker is out with a hamstring injury that he picked up against Manchester City.
Arsenal starting XI vs Brighton: Leno; Chambers, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Partey; Pepe, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang
Arsenal subs vs Brighton: Runarsson, Mari, Cedric, Elneny, Ceballos, Saka, Martinelli, Nketiah, Lacazette
The Gunners go into the game knowing that a win could lift them up into seventh above Tottenham and into a qualifying place for the Europa Conference League.
However, European qualification of sorts will do little to placate the 10,000 fans who are set to return to the Emirates Stadium for the first time since December.
The noise is back. The fans are back. It feels emotional to be inside the stadium at such an important moment as life gradually gets back to some sort of normality.
17*– The fans making a big difference here as Arsenal start brightly. Emile Smith Rowe gets played through and wins a corner.
Joe Willock has just scored for Newcastle against Fulham. It’s his seventh goal in as many games. Wow.
27* – Thomas Partey tests Sanchez with a curling effort which is tipped over. Arsenal take the quick corner but it comes to nothing.
Results are going Arsenal’s away at the moment. Tottenham and Everton are both losing, which means a win for the Gunners would secure a passage into the European Conference League. Plenty of time to go, though…
36* – Bissouma celebrates winning a tackle against his good friend Nicolas Pepe.
Half Time: Arsenal 0-0 Brighton
Arteta’s side have completely dominated that first half. Chances galore with Thomas Partey’s shot tipped over and Gabriel coming close with a header on the stroke of half time. Arsenal will be hopeful of getting the vital goal in the second half.
49* – Goal Nicolas Pepe
60* – Goal …..
Nicolas Pepe is turning it on here. Another peach of a goal from the Ivory Coast international who receives an inch-perfect pass from Martin Odegaard, before nutmegging the Brighton defender to make it 2-0.
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