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'I wouldn’t be shocked in the slightest': Paul Merson predicts Brighton v Arsenal result

Arsenal legend Paul Merson has given his thoughts on the Gunners’ upcoming Premier League fixture.

Mikel Arteta’s charges will be hoping to make it five wins in a row in all competitions when they head to Brighton on Saturday.

Both Arsenal and the Seagulls are in good form right now, with Graham Potter’s side flying high in the table.

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The south coast outfit has won four and drawn one of their six games this season to go up to sixth on 13 points.

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“Arsenal should win this”

Merson believes Arsenal have turned a corner, and while he wouldn’t be surprised if the Gunners slipped up, he predicts they’ll prevail.

“Arsenal’s Achilles heel over the past few years has been consistency,” he told Sportskeeda.

“So I wouldn’t be shocked in the slightest if they fail to record a victory against Brighton.

“If Arsenal keep their main XI fit, they stand a realistic chance of causing a lot of problems.

“Without European football, they only play one game a week and that could work to their advantage.

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“Just when I thought that they could string together a run of victories with their first-choice XI, Granit Xhaka has been ruled out for nearly three months with an injury!

“In the grand scheme of things, Arsenal should win this and I predict they will prevail 2-1.

“I said earlier that I wouldn’t be surprised if they failed to record a positive result, but Brighton were really fortunate against Crystal Palace and will likely get beat if Arsenal continue to play like they have been in the past few weeks.”

Arsenal did the double over Brighton last season, winning 1-0 at the Amex in December 2020 before beating them 2-0 at the Emirates in May.

Prior to the 2020-21 season, the Gunners had failed to beat the Seagulls in five games, of which three were defeats.

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