Hello and welcome to this weeks Monday Night Football where you’ve kindly selected a pair of unwitting Premier League giants to be given the CM9798 makeover. In line with last week you went for something a bit interesting for the back in time treatment:
Last week’s pick of Liverpool vs. Bournemouth came out as expected, a win for Liverpool as they got back on track in the league. Unfortunately for Bournemouth, John O’Neill has long since retired.
Arsenal remain unbeaten in the league since the 29th of December, meanwhile Graham Potter’s Brighton haven’t won for the same length of time in the league and find themselves stuck with Peter Capaldi and Chris Addison.
CM based injuries prevent a true representation and for both sides impact attacking options. Both are expected to play similar formations, but it will all come down to quality.
The first half is a falmer’s market, full of bizarre surprises as Brighton really press Arsenal and have them on the back foot for a good period. However, their attacked might as well get in the sea. Martinelli breaks against the run of play, feeds Casette Boy who slips a cool finish beyond a marooned Ryan.
Awful performances from the front 4.
Martinelli, the man off the telly putting in a solid shift.
The second half takes a while to liven up and a 12-minute spell near the death holds all the action. Glenn Murray sets his team mate up for a propper finish, rifling into the roof of the net. David Luiz heads beyond Leno to give Brighton a short-lived lead before Aubameyang feeds Casette boy to head in goal number two.
It’s a solid burn from Brighton.
Lacazette’s finishing keeps Arsenal in the points.
As ever this season, Arsenal are the draw specialists. However, I can’t see Brighton ending their woeful spell without a victory against Arsenal, even if they are at home. We will see.
Back in time:
Back in 1997/98 Brighton were at the opposite end of the pyramid and only retained their league status thanks to a woeful and well documented season from Doncaster. It was such a woeful season, there is no Wikipedia record for 1997-98 for Brighton. Meanwhile as we all know, Arsene’s Arsenal did the double, not before conceding 2 goals against non-league Sittingbourne in pre-season mind.
Similarly, to last week, the Premier League side blitz into a 10-minute lead and cruise to half-time. Arsenal then give up in the second half and are lucky not to throw the game as Brighton lay siege to their goal. Reinelt hits the bar and the ref blows the whistle, Wenger looks relieved!
And with that it’s another wrap on Monday Night Football for this week. I hope you have enjoyed our journey through the looking glass. Keep an eye out for our next poll. See you next time!
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