Brighton are trying to avoid relegation while Arsenal are trying to avoid looking like a side that should be in a similar position.
The abject performance from Mikel Arteta’s team against Manchester City will increase the seagulls belief that the games holds something for them.
Such was the nothingness of the performance by the gunners that one wonders how anything can change in such a short space of time.
There are puzzles to solve with injuries to Mari (ankle) Xhaka (ankle) Luiz (suspension) whom are all out the Brighton game.
Özil continues to baffle with his absence, cryptic messages on social media and his managers references regarding fitness but rather than focus on that, we could be about to welcome back Rob Holding to partner Mustafi or perhaps see a rare appearance from academy prospects Zech Medley.
Ceballos will continue to partner Guendouzi as the defensive midfield shield and I fully expect a start for Pepe and Lacazette.
Arsenal can’t afford anymore slip ups due to being 8 points behind Chelsea. The champions league is a long shot at the moment and the gunners urgently need to find rhythm and form.
Key men expected to make an impact in this game will be Lacazette and Aubameyang starting up front in tandem supported by Ceballos and Guendouzi at the centre of the pitch. Moreover with a defensive crisis on their hands, Arsenal and Arteta face an impending struggle in getting the back four right.
David Luiz suspended along with Pablo Mari and Sokratis injured, Calum Chambers still a few weeks off from total recovery and Mavropanos and Saliba out on loan with their respective clubs means Arsenal have only Mustafi and Holding to call upon here. Interesting turn of events as Holding was not even in the squad during the drubbing to City the other day.
Predicted score : 1-2 Arsenal win.
Leno, Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Tierney, Guendouzi, Ceballos, Pepe, Willock, Aubameyang and Lacazette.
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