The Gunners head to Falmer Stadium tonight for the Brighton vs Arsenal match, right off the back of their 3-1 victory against Burnley last weekend.
As as always how it has been during this period, the Gunners have an ongoing injury crisis. Unai Emery will yet again be tasked with putting up a makeshift defensive line.
Here’s how the gaffer could lineup today at the Brighton vs Arsenal match:
Goalkeeper: Bernd Leno
Petr Čech almost seemed to have been set to replace Leno against Burnley after the German had a hip clash.
However, Leno carried on and is expected to keep his place to continue his search for his first Premier League cleansheet.
Defenders: Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Sead Kolašinac
Nacho Monreal made his first start since his knee injury and was instantly substituted off in the first half last weekend after talking another knock.
With Granit Xhaka clearly being missed in midfield, it’s hard to imagine him being played as a centreback yet again. So an uneasy pair of Maitland-Niles and Lichtsteiner will have to make do for now at the Brighton vs Arsenal game.
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Midfielders: Granit Xhaka and Mattéo Guendouzi
Lucas Torreira has been constantly a useful soldier in Emery’s army, but it’s time he gets a rest.
Moreover, Torreira is one yellow card away from a one-game suspension and the Londoners wouldn’t want him sitting out their clash against Liverpool.
Attacking-Midfielder: Mesut Özil
Özil is expected to captain the side yet again after making a convincing return from his back injury.
He silenced his critics last week with a generational performance and deserves to start and lead his club again.
Strikers: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette
Probably the deadliest striking partnership in the Premier League, both are goal-hungry and link up brilliantly. Having the presence of the pair will only help the Emirates outfit.
Plus, away games should never be taken lightly. A strong line-up is needed to see this tie over.
Getting a win today at the Brighton vs Arsenal match will definitely boost the morale of the players before their big game against the Scousers. Confidence is key and a win today is guaranteed to offer just that.
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