ARSENAL welcome Brighton as Freddie Ljungberg takes charge of his first game at the Emirates.
It was a nervy start in the dugout for the Gunners legend against Norwich as he watched his side cling on to a point against the lowly Canaries.
But he will be hoping to bring some festive cheer to North London as they welcome Brighton, who are without a win on the road since the opening day.
Follow live updates from Freddie's first home game below…
- Live score: Arsenal 0 Brighton 0
- Start time: 8.15pm
- Venue: Emirates Stadium
- TV/Live stream: Not on UK TV/Amazon Prime (grab a free 30-day trial HERE)
- Arsenal XI: Leno, Bellerin, Sokratis, David Luiz, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Torreira, Willock, Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
- Brighton XI: Ryan, Alzate, Dunk, Webster, Burn, Stephens, Propper, Gross, Mooy, Maupay, Connolly.
So close to a Brighton goal!!
Aaronm Mooy finds Neal Maupay on the right of the area, and the midfielder hits a cross-come-shot towards the far corner.
The ball just evades the bottom left hand post, and the arriving Connelly who only needed to get a touch to have opened the scoring.
Chance for Brighton as Dale Stephens clips in a corner and Adam Webster climbs to get his head on the ball, but Leno is able to plunge lot to his right to gather.
The first murmurs of discontent ring out from the home crowd, who can see Brighton getting on top here.
Pascal Gross takes an eternity lining up the free-kick right on the edge of the box…..and then smashes it straight into the wall.
What a poor effort.
Arsenal 0 Brighton 0 – 22mins
VAR check over and Graham Scott got the decision spot out, Connelly was a matter of half a foot outside the area when Bellerin dragged him back, so free kick it is and the Spaniard has gone into the book.
We've gotVAR for a potential penalty here…Connolly is fouled by Bellerin right on the edge of the area.
The initial decision is a free kick……
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