MIKEL ARTETA is the FIFTH different manager to take charge of Arsenal in their last five home league games against Brighton.
It is an indication of how busy the revolving managerial door at the Gunners has been in recent years – and the Seagulls’ long absence from the top flight – that the Spaniard is part of that surprising statistic.
Former Arsenal boss Wenger was in charge when they beat promoted Brighton in 2017[/caption]
The five-man list was highlighted in a tweet by @Orbinho, who shares interesting facts about Arsenal with about 95,000 followers on his timeline.
The Gunners analyst pointed out the group is made up of Terry Neill in 1983, Arsene Wenger in 2017, Unai Emery in May 2019, and Freddie Ljungberg in December 2019.
Arteta completed the list when he took charge of a 2-0 home win for the Gunners in May 2021.
Irishman Neill enjoyed seven successful years at the Gunners, leading them to FA Cup glory in 1979 along with three other cup finals, and a 3-1 win over Brighton in Division One in February 1983.
But of the other four only club legend Wenger has taken charge of more than 100 games during his 22-year trophy-laden spell.
The Frenchman was also the first to take charge of the Gunners against Brighton at the Emirates following Albion’s promotion to the Prem in 2017 in match the hosts won 2-0.
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Emery’s Arsenal drew their home game 1-1 with the Seagulls while Ljungberg’s lost 2-1 while he was caretaker boss.
The 2017 promotion ended the Seagulls’ 34-year absence from the top flight and they will be looking to avenge last season’s 1-0 behind-closed doors home defeat to Arsenal when they host them at the Amex on Saturday.
Former Brighton star Ben White could face his old club for the first time since leaving them to join the Gunners for £50million in the summer.
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