Arsenal, who are in first place in the Premier League, will try to end 2022 on a high note when they play Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex on Saturday night.
On Christmas Day, the Gunners came from behind to beat West Ham United 3-1, and on the South Coast, Brighton beat Southampton by the same score.
Adam Lallana’s short trip along the South Coast to his old home was worth it. Even so, he didn’t celebrate too much when he scored the first goal at St. Mary’s, possibly out of respect for Gavin Bazunu as much as anything else.
Lallana’s header got past Bazunu, and Romain Perraud put the ball in his own net before halftime. Solly March then hit a great shot into the top corner, and James Ward-Prowse scored a late goal for the Saints to make it 2-1.
Roberto De Zerbi had warned Brighton’s next opponents to be careful of a “angry” Seagulls XI after they were knocked out of the EFL Cup by League One team Charlton Athletic. However, by playing like themselves in the Premier League, this weekend’s hosts are still in the running for a spot in Europe, as they are in seventh place in the table.