Albion Face Toughest Test Yet At Gunners

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Brighton make one of their most anticipated trips of the season to face Arsenal this weekend.

Albion head into the match with positive momentum after their second Premier League win against Newcastle last Sunday. Albion were the better side throughout the game, and capitalised on their momentum six minutes into the second half with Tomer Hemed scoring the only goal of the game to secure all three points for the Seagulls.

With two wins in three of their games at the Amex, Chris Hughton’s side have shown that they will be looking to make their home form as they did in the Championship. Only one of their seven points has come on the road, and they will be hard pushed to add to that tally against one of the biggest teams in the world this weekend.

They face a Gunners side who will be looking to push for a top four place after missing out on a Champions League berth last season. Arsene Wenger’s side have so far proved dominant on their own turf, having won all their home games in league and cup. Their form on the road has been patchier, with defeats at Stoke and Liverpool followed by a goalless draw at Chelsea earlier this month.

Summer signing Alexandra Lacazette will be Albion’s biggest threat in Sunday’s lunchtime clash. The French international has found the back of the net four times at home since joining from Lyon.

Hughton may face a selection headache ahead of their trip to North London, with Albion possibly heading into the game without a recognised strike after Hemed received a retrospective three-match ban for violent conduct earlier this week. Glenn Murray has returned to training, but Hughton may wait until after the international break to give the 33-year old a start. Sam Baldock is also back in trainingredients after a long-term calf injury, but won't be match fit in time for Sunday's game.

Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown could be deployed in the Number 9 role, with his only other appearance this season having been on the left of midfield, with Jose Izquierdo also able to play up top.

The club’s most recent meetings have been in the FA Cup, with the Gunners having been drawn away to Albion twice in the past five years. On both occasions the visitors picked up 3-2 victories at the Amex

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