It looks like the battle lines have been drawn ahead of Brighton’s game against Arsenal at the weekend.
Albion enters the game sixth, four places and four points ahead of the Gunners heading into Saturday’s game at the Amex.
The Seagulls could have gone top of the Premier League but were only able to draw against Crystal Palace on Monday night. However, they are only one point away from first place at the moment.
And with less than 36 hours to go before kick-off, Brighton have the proceedings well organized with a photo of striker Neal Maupay doing his famous cry-baby celebration in front of an image of the Albion and Arsenal crests.
The former Brentford forward has developed a reputation as a fiery character who likes to liquidate opposing players.
In June 2020, Maupay failed to endear himself to Arsenal fans with a last minute winner in a 2-1 win at the Amex.
He has also infuriated opposition players for his involvement in the injury of goalkeeper Bernd Leno, which he claims was accidental.
Asked about his baby crying celebration and whether he did it before Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe, he told Sky Sports in May: “I don’t know if I did it first.
“I think it was last season [2019/20] after the game against Arsenal and I scored a goal at the last minute.
“I remember the Arsenal fans were really, really mad at me because I scored, but I was also involved in their goalkeeper’s injury, so I would say they weren’t happy about it. me. So when I scored my next goal, it was to give them a really shout out.”
After his stoppage-time equalizer against Palace on Monday, he faced Wilfried Zaha, who scored a first-half penalty in the game, as he held his ears in front of Palace fans.
The irony of this was not lost on the 25-year-old who watched Zaha celebrate in front of Albion’s roving support for his goal.
Now Brighton and Arsenal fans have reacted to the image ahead of the big game.
At Thursday’s pre-match press conference, head coach Graham Potter said: “I think it’s a really tough game, obviously they’re in a really good time because they’ve had a fantastic win against their great north London rivals, they are off to a rocky start.
“The first game against Brentford, who are back in the top flight for the first time in 70 years, is a tough game. Then they played against Chelsea and Manchester City and it’s interesting to see how the story is three games later it’s a bit clearer.
“You can see the quality of Arsenal, they are very well organized and deserved the game last time out so it’s going to be a tough game.”
Maupay scored in both games against Arsenal in the 2019/20 season and they won both games.