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Home is where the heart is for Arsenal hotshot Lacazette

Newly-promoted Brighton carry little forward threat

Alexandre Lacazette celebrates scoring against West Brom
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BT Sport 1, midday Sunday

Alexandre Lacazette has quickly made the Emirates feel like home and the Arsenal hotshot can continue his hot streak when Brighton visit north London.

Chris Hughton was in charge of the last promoted side to win at Arsenal - Newcastle in 2010 - but a repeat is as unlikely as the large odds suggest with Albion carrying little forward threat.

The same cannot be said of Arsenal, and with Lacazette among the big-hitters left at home for Thursday's Europa League win at Bate Borisov, the Frenchman should be nice and fresh to continue where he left off against West Brom on Monday.

Lacazette scored both goals in that 2-0 win as he made it four in three home appearances since signing from Lyon. Crucially, he takes penalties ahead of contract rebel Alexis Sanchez and is a deadly predator inside the 18-yard box.

Sanchez seems content to give his best while he remains at Arsenal and the mood around the club is significantly better than it was in their back-to-back defeats at Stoke and Liverpool before the last international break.

Arsenal have won five times and drawn at Chelsea in their last six matches and another option to consider is the Gunners to win to nil at evens.


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That has collected in the recent home triumphs against Bournemouth, Doncaster and West Brom, although with Laurent Koscielny doubtful there is more risk in the bet.

West Brom did not go forward often but still should have had a penalty when Jay Rodriguez hit the post and Jake Livermore could have knocked in the rebound.

Nacho Monreal was also forced to clean an effort off the line, so it is a nerve-racking 90-minute bet despite Brighton's lack of firepower.

Sky Bet go 4-7 that Arsenal win with under 4.5 goals and that could be a better option as Albion are likely to set up in a defensive manner which could help to keep the score respectable, even in defeat.

Hughton has shown throughout his career that he can organise a back four and Albion have not conceded more than twice in a match since gaining promotion.

However, posing a threat to the opposition is another matter entirely and Tomer Hemed, the match winner against Newcastle last week, is suspended which makes Albion even lighter in the final third.

Hughton has suggested he could play Izzy Brown as an emergency forward as Glenn Murray is not at full fitness and their best chance of scoring probably comes in set-piece situations from the ace delivery of Pascal Gross.

Recommendation
A Lacazette first goalscorer
1pt each-way 3-1 bet365

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Team news
Arsenal
Mesut Ozil has joined Danny Welbeck, Alex Iwobi, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin and Calum Chambers on the sidelines. Laurent Koscielny is doubtful.

Brighton
Glenn Murray lacks match fitness and may not be risked so Izzy Brown could be asked to play up front with Sam Baldock injured and Tomer Hemed suspended. Steve Sidwell and Beram Kayal are out.

Key stat
Lacazette has scored eight goals in his last five home games for Lyon and Arsenal.


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