“Arsene picked the right moment. I thought the performance today was at the level he deserved,” Arteta said after Arsene Wenger’s return to the Emirates Stadium. “The players didn’t know.
“It was a special day, so thank you so much [to Arsene] for coming. Walking through stadium he’s going to feel what everyone thinks of him… he’s been such an influence.”
Here is everything you need to know about the Premier League match:
When is Brighton vs Arsenal?
The match kicks off tonight, Saturday 31 December, at 5:30pm GMT.
How to watch on TV and online
Brighton vs Arsenal will be shown live on UK TV through Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Coverage begins from 5:00pm GMT. Customers can stream the game live online via the Sky Sports app and website.
The Seagulls will be without key midfielder Moises Caicedo, who is suspended after collecting five bookings this season, meaning Billy Gilmour could start.
Alexis Mac Allister is not due back until the New Year and Jakub Moder is out injured still.
Roberto De Zerbi is also set to be without Adam Webster and Danny Welbeck.
Mikel Arteta must make do without Gabriel Jesus and Reiss Nelson, but Emile Smith Rowe has now overcome his groin problem following surgery.
Takehiro Tomiyasu is close to a return from a hamstring problem, while Oleksandr Zinchenko has recovered and could displace Kieran Tierney at left-back.
Brighton XI: Sanchez; Veltman, Dunk, Colwill, Estupinan; Gilmour, Gross; March, Lallana, Mitoma; Trossard
Arsenal XI: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Nketiah
This should be a real test for Mikel Arteta’s Gunners and one which could validate their title credentials yet further. The Seagulls are in fine form though and should enjoy success, particularly at home, we’ll go for an entertaining score draw. 1-1.