Arsenal fans will have been shocked at how Arsène Wenger-y this season has been already, despite the fact we're just six matches into the 2017/18 Premier League campaign.

Looking down at their Wenger bingo cards, not many could have envisaged a dismantling at the hands of a rival, a shock loss to a mid-table club, a comeback when all looked lost and signs that a title challenge may be on the cards before the month of September was out.

It's been a stereotypical Arsenal season condensed into two months.

However, with the Gunners getting it out of their system early this time around it may result in them having more of a traditionally consistent season. A true test of this argument will be this Sunday when the club host newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion at the Emirates.

Wenger's men are in good form having gone 283 minutes without conceding in the Premier League. It's an impressive turnaround after the Gunners were breached on eight occasions in the opening three matches of the new campaign.

Alexandre Lacazette has found his feet, Alexis Sánchez is back in the mix and Mesut Özil is in contention to start after returning to the first-team fold following a knee injury. Everything appears to be falling into place for Wenger.

Since defeat to Liverpool at the end of August, Arsenal are undefeated in six, having won five of those matches.

The only time the Gunners failed to pick up a victory during this run was at Stamford Bridge. The away side were comfortably the better team against the reigning champions and had the more dangerous chances.

Despite the upturn in form, results and defensive resilience, the Gunners aren't quite as impenetrable as they might seem. Theirs is still a brittle backline and, if the opposition get their tactics right, there's every chance they crumble.

Arsenal looked vulnerable to the counter attack against Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion and both teams were unfortunate not to make the most of key moments.

And it's on the counter that Brighton could ask a whole host of questions on Sunday afternoon.

They may be without a recognised senior striker with Glenn Murray and Sam Baldock injured, and Tomer Hemed suspended, which could mean Seagulls boss Chris Hughton puts his trust in on-loan Chelsea man Izzy Brown to lead the line.

What the 20-year-old lacks in experience, he makes up for in talent, and he could be starting in a game ideally set up for him.

The best chance of Brighton upsetting the odds this weekend will be if their use of the ball is crisp and precise. They're going to need Brown to operate almost as a false nine, dragging the Arsenal back three out of shape so the likes of Pascal Groß, Anthony Knockaert and Solly March can exploit the space in behind with their pace and intelligent movement.

Brighton have players who are press resistant; they're able to play their way out of trouble even when in tight space. A prime example of this is Knockaert. He's a ball carrier and he's able to take players out of the game.

It's this ability that will help the away side get into dangerous areas of the pitch and threaten Petr Čech's goal.

Knockaert and March average a combined 2.5 successful dribbles per 90 minutes between them, and Brown, while on loan at Huddersfield in the Championship last season, averaged 2.2.

Groß has averaged just 0.3 dribbles per 90 this term, but his strength lies in his ability on the ball: he's averaged 2.0 key passes in matches this campaign. He's the man to knit the play together, the one to link midfield and attack. As shown against West Brom, he also knows where the goal is, so he's one to watch.

The game, however, will be won and lost in midfield. Arsenal like to build play and retain possession. They work the ball in an attempt to drag the opposition out of position. If the centre midfield pairing of Dale Stephens and Davy Pröpper can continue on their early-season form, Brighton might be in luck.

The midfield duo are, on average, winning a combined eight tackles and interceptions per 90 minutes. If they're brave and challenge Arsenal in the midfield third, as opposed to the defensive third, then they could regain possession and spring the counter attacks.

Groß will be the man to pull the strings and he'll be looking to play passes to the likes of Brown, Knockaert and March. It will be up to that trio to isolate certain Arsenal players so they're able to beat them using their pace and trickery. If they're able to do that then they have every chance of returning to the AmEx with all three points.

Hughton's side will have to be brave in their approach, the game plan might hinge on where they're able to win the ball back.

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