Jack Wilshere has vowed to force his way back into Arsene Wenger's plans after the Arsenal midfielder stepped up his return from exile.
It is too early to predict whether Arsenal can end their 13-year wait to win a fourth Premier League title under Wenger, but there were some encouraging signs as Brighton were put to the sword at the Emirates Stadium.
But, sharing a point is not an option for Arsenal against Brighton as they will be aiming for full three points and even catch Chelsea on points as the Blues are on 13 points.
Arsene Wenger has now won a Premier League game against 44 different teams - level with Sir Alex Ferguson. Chris Hughton's side stay 14th.
It's been a few weeks since Arsenal fans saw Mesut Ozil start a match.
The Gunners made two changes from the side that beat West Brom on Monday with Rob Holding and Alex Iwobi replacing the unavailable Laurent Koscielny and Mohamed Elneny, with the Egyptian dropping to the bench.
Alexandre Lacazette has settled in nicely with four goals already and is 13/4 at Sun Bets to score first.
Brighton had limited opportunities to exert themselves as an attacking force but March rattled the upright when a free-kick was laid into his path after 28 minutes, with Petr Cech helpless. His position is taken over by Izzy Brown.
Brighton last month made their loan move for Tim Krul permanent from Newcastle, with the Dutch goalkeeper expected to force his way in to the first-team at some point this season.
The Gunners continued to press, with Iwobi shrugging off a challenge from Stephens to get a shot away straight at Ryan on 28 minutes, with a Lewis Dunk slip-up six minutes later giving Lacazette a chance that he should have done better with.
Sanchez was nearly unplayable in the latter stages and twice he could have scored himself but for a pair of tame finishes. Arsene Wenger has them now playing with confidence and the trip to Belarus on Thursday night should not play too much of an impact with lots of changes expected.