Let’s take a look at the team news as Arsenal host Brighton & Hove Albion at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, keeping a close eye on the Everton-Manchester City fixture as the North Londoners fight to keep their Premier League title hopes alive.
The Gunners did well to beat Newcastle United 2-0 last weekend, but they face yet another must-win situation against the Seagulls. The hosts reduced the gap with leaders Man City to one point after their victory against the Magpies, although having played a game more.
Mikel Arteta’s side will be hoping there will be good news from elsewhere, similar to the results from reverse fixtures earlier in the season when they won 4-2 at the Amex Stadium on New Year’s Eve just a few hours after Everton held Man City to a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium.
Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi has been making successful use of his squad rotation in recent games as the team faces a highly congested fixture list. However, Evan Ferguson remains a significant doubt for their next game as the Italian manager is unwilling to risk the teenager with multiple matches to play in a short period.
Joel Veltman has been ruled out of the Arsenal vs Brighton game due to a hamstring injury. Unfortunately, Adam Lallana, Tariq Lamptey, and Jeremy Sarmiento are also sidelined due to injuries and are unlikely to feature for the remainder of the season.
On the other hand, William Saliba is sure to miss out for the hosts, and Mikel Arteta is worried about Gabriel Magalhaes after he came off injured against Chelsea. However, the Brazilian’s ankle issue doesn’t seem to have affected him much, and he could be passed fit for Sunday. Nevertheless, Mohamed Elneny and Takehiro Tomiyasu remain out with season-ending knee problems.
Player To Watch Out For – Danny Welbeck
Danny Welbeck is a key attacking player for Brighton, having scored 7 goals and provided 4 assists so far this season (stats via Transfermarkt). He has also created six big chances for his team. His strengths lie in his exceptional speed, quick footwork, and agility, which allow him to make dynamic runs and outsmart defenders.
The Englishman also possesses a powerful and accurate shot, capable of scoring goals from different distances. In addition, the forward’s excellent ball control and vision make him a skilled playmaker who can create opportunities for his teammates through accurate passes and intelligent movement off the ball.
Furthermore, he does not hesitate to help out his team defensively, demonstrating his willingness to track back and contribute to the team’s overall performance. With an average of 0.8 shots on target per match and a passing accuracy of 83%, Welbeck’s abilities make him a valuable asset to Brighton’s attack.
Arsenal Predicted Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1):
Aaron Ramsdale (GK); Ben White (RB), Rob Holding (CB), Gabriel (CB), Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB); Granit Xhaka (CM), Thomas Partey (CM); Bukayo Saka (RW), Martin Odegaard (CAM), Gabriel Martinelli (LW); Gabriel Jesus (ST).
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Arsenal 2-0 Brighton
Brighton suffered an embarrassing 5-1 loss to relegation strugglers Everton last week and Arsenal need to stay in the title race, which is probably the main reason why it is better to bet on Arteta’s troops for a comfortable 2-0 win, with goals from Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Jesus.
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