Predicting the results of Arsenal's festive 2022/23 fixtures as Premier League resumes
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Predicting the results of Arsenal's festive 2022/23 fixtures as Premier League resumes

Arsenal face three Premier League fixtures between 26 December and 3 January as part of the traditional frantic festive period – and here are our predictions.

Arsenal host London rivals West Ham on Boxing Day before a trip to Brighton on New Year’s Eve and a home game with Newcastle.

Mikel Arteta earned seven points from the corresponding fixtures last season, with two home wins and a 0-0 draw at Brighton in 2021/22.

How many points will Arsenal get from a possible nine this time around? We’ve taken a look…

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West Ham (H) – Win

These London derbies are never easy and there is an element of the unknown around how teams will be after the World Cup.

But David Moyes’ men went into the World Cup break in 16th place, which means this home game is one Arteta has to be targeting a win from.

It will be important to get the festive calendar off to a winning start and you would expect Arsenal to do exactly that despite the absence of Gabriel Jesus.

Brighton (A) – Win

Brighton away is not an easy game and the Seagulls have made a habit of stunning the big boys. They were unbeaten against Arsenal in both fixtures last season.

But Neal Maupay and Bernt Leno have left their clubs now, which takes some of that needle out of the game.

This one may be a one-goal game but Arsenal have shown they can eke out results when they need to and this might be one of those times.

The break between Arsenal’s first two festive games is quite generous by normal standards and they will be looking to take advantage of that here.

Newcastle (H) – Draw

Arsenal won this fixture 2-0 last season when Eddie Howe was just getting his feet under the table at Newcastle, and trying to avoid relegation.

The fixture looks very different now, with the Magpies going into the World Cup break in third place and taking points from Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham already this season.

The tight turnaround may mean Arsenal are not able to get all three points here but it should be an entertaining game and it would be a real statement if they won this one to get nine from nine over Christmas before their FA Cup third round tie with Oxford.

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