‘Nothing changes’: Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Arsenal v Brighton

BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson is backing Arsenal to beat Brighton at The Emirates on Thursday night

Freddie Ljungberg
Freddie Ljungberg (Photo: Sky Sports)

Mark Lawrenson is backing Arsenal to edge to a 2-0 win over Brighton at The Emirates on Thursday night.

Arsenal caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg will be looking to secure his first Premier League win since taking over the reins on an interim basis from Unai Emery last week.

Ljungberg’s side played out a thrilling 2-2 draw with promoted side Norwich City at Carrow Road on Sunday afternoon to lose more ground on the Premier League’s top four.

Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in their stalemate at Norwich to take his tally to 10 goals in 14 games in the English top flight this term.

Brighton lost 2-1 to 10-man Liverpool FC at Anfield on Saturday afternoon as the Seagulls pushed the Premier League leaders all the way in their top-flight meeting.

Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing Arsenal to beat Brighton 2-0 at The Emirates to secure Ljungberg’s first victory as interim Gunners boss.

“Brighton always carried a threat at Anfield when they lost to Liverpool on Saturday, and always tried to play good football,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“But the Seagulls will have been disappointed to concede two goals to set-pieces, and that was not the first time that they have done all right, but still ended up empty-handed.

“As for Arsenal? Well, Freddie Ljungberg is in charge now but nothing changes, does it? They are good going forward but still open at the back and it feels like any team can cause them problems.

“If Thursday is a good night for Arsenal, they win. If it isn’t, they will drop points.

“The only thing that might help the Gunners is that, having watched the Seagulls at the weekend, I am not really sure where their goals are going to come from.”

Arsenal are in eighth position in the Premier League table and eight points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea FC in the hunt to secure a Champions League spot.

The Gunners have failed to finish in the Premier League’s top four in their last three seasons.

This will be Ljungberg’s first Arsenal game in charge at The Emirates.

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