Arsenal vs Brighton preview: team news, injuries, odds and prediction

Arsenal host Brighton in an extra early kick-off on Sunday
Arsenal host Brighton in an extra early kick-off on Sunday

What is it?

A Premier League match between Arsenal and Brighton.

When is it?

Sunday 1 October

What time is kick-off?

It's one of three televised games on the first day of October. This match gets us under way at midday.

What TV channel is it on?

BT Sport 1 or BT Sport 4K UHD.

Alternatively you can follow the game with us on this page.

What is the team news, who is injured and suspended?

Arsene Wenger will welcome back the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka, all of whom were rested for the team's midweek trip to Belarus in the Europa League. 

SantiCazorla, Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck and Calum Chambers are all injured. No Arsenal players are suspended. 

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Brighton will be without Tomer Hemed, who starts a three-match ban, when they head to Arsenal.

Sam Baldock is still missing with a calf problem but Glenn Murray has an outside chance of being involved after an ankle injury.

Steve Sidwell is recovering from back surgery and Beram Kayal is a long-term absentee having broken his leg.

Provisional squad: Krul, Maenpaa, Ryan, Schelotto, Hunemeier, Bruno, Dunk, Duffy, Goldson, Rosenior, Suttner, Bong, Ahannach, Brown, Hutchinson, March, Stephens, Skalak, Propper, Knockaert, Izquierdo, Gross, Murphy, Murray.

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What are they saying?

Brighton manager Chris Hughton said of Hemed's suspension: "We are disappointed.

"We know the player, we still feel that there was no intent and that's why we appealed, so we are very disappointed.

"But we just have to deal with it."

Hemed's absence leaves Hughton even lighter in attack with fellow strikers Sam Baldock and Glenn Murray carrying injuries.

However, Murray did resume training on Friday morning following a spell out with an ankle problem and has an outside chance of being involved at the Emirates.

"It's been tough enough anyway with Sam and Glenn not being around, but Glenn trained this morning and we will have to make a decision," added Hughton.

"That decision will be on his involvement, he's been out for a while, and we don't want to take any risks as we are without Tomer for another two games afterwards."

What does the table look like? 

What are the odds?

Arsenal to win 2/9

Draw 5/1

Brighton 12/1

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What's our prediction?

Arsenal have just begun to find a rhythm of late and the extra demands of the Europa League have actually so far been beneficial in sharpening up certain players who are struggling for Premier League opportunity. They should have too much firepower for Brighton, even allowing for the recent improvement in Chris Hughton's team.
Prediction: Arsenal 3 Brighton 1

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