Bissouma & Partey face-off a fascinating sub-plot in Brighton’s meeting with Arsenal


Both midfield men are crucial to how their sides play, and Saturday’s possible confrontation ought to excite supporters and neutrals alike

Six games into the new Premier League season and it appears Brighton & Hove Albion’s luck is changing.

Admittedly, it may be ill-advised to make such claims when we’re not even significantly into 2021/22, yet, the Seagulls have had certain situations go their way in the early weeks of the campaign.

This is somewhat typified by late goals against Brentford and Crystal Palace: Leandro Trossard got a late 90th-minute winner against the Bees while Neal Maupay levelled proceedings in the 95th minute against Crystal Palace on Monday, Brighton’s joint-second latest-ever Premier League goal, to nick a 1-1 draw at the death.

Last season, Graham Potter’s side probably don’t score those goals and would have come away with one point from a possible six. This year, however, despite not wholly meriting the results at Brentford and Palace, they’ve picked up four from six.

Having said that, one of the more convincing performances and results of this Brighton side so far this term came against Watford, a match utterly dominated by the intelligent Yves Bissouma.

The dynamic Mali star embodied his team’s coherent approach on the day, while Watford’s modus operandi under Xisco Munoz was exposed.

Yves Bissouma of Brighton, Oghenekaro Etebo of Watford

Goal analysed the teams’ displays at the Amex, particularly looking into the Bissouma-vs-Peter Etebo battle in the middle of the park, with the former utterly dominant while the Nigeria international struggled in an unfamiliar role and disjointed system.