Image courtesy foogue.com Arsenal FC vs Brighton & Hove Albion Emirates Stadium, London May 5, 2019, 11:30 Am EST NBCSN "What I've always liked about Brighton is its impersonality. Since the 18th Century people have come, used the place, and gone home again." - Lynne Truss Thanks to the fact the Gunners' last match was brought to us by the letter "W" you lot are stuck with me for another match thread. Huzzah! Our lads in red play their last home match of the season still chasing top 4 and, more importantly, still chasing a hint of imperious form. The extra-time goal on Thursday provided a flattering scoreline against Valencia but doubts remain about the side's ability to stand up when needed or truly challenged. Arsenal should win and comfortably so, but while Brighton are not a deeply talented opponent they are a side fighting to avoid the drop and, given Arsenal's recent form, they'll know Arsenal can be rattled. Brighton haven't won in the league since upsetting Palace on March 9. Their long dip in form has left them lingering within reach of a foundering Cardiff side as the last sides whose fate remains undecided. This dip has come largely from an offense gone AWOL - In this 8 game mire Brighton have scored just 1 goal against 13 surrendered! They've scored only 30 goals all season, 11 of which have come from Glen Murray. Pundits debate if it's a case of a recently promoted side simply being found out or some other issue but the bottom line is the 'Gulls appear rather devoid of strategy after clearing out of their back third. As expected Manager Chris Hughton is a prime target for those seeing the need for change even if the team stays up. For Arsenal it's a relatively clear task - Win their last two in the league for a shot at top 4 and hope Chelsea slip along the way. Winning Sunday would be not only critical in confidence but vital ahead of one last dreaded road trip to close out the Premier League season at Burnley. Arsenal have shown better form at home excepting the Palace match, but with a crunch of fixtures ahead and several players still out injured how aggressive can Arsenal afford to play? Presumably they'll ride the Auba-Laca pairing the rest of the way in hopes players can worry about recovering after the season and a possible trophy. In theory Ozil should be available, even. Convention says start a strong lineup, look to close the game early, and then pull a couple critical players ahead of the midweek trip to Spain. Perhaps for one last time this season Arsenal beats a weaker opponent the way they should. Red tops blue 3-0.