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Brighton & Hove Albion vs Arsenal: Predicted starting XI for Arsenal | Premier League 2018-19

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1.09K   //    26 Dec 2018, 17:54 IST

Arsenal will be taking on Brighton at the Amex stadium
Arsenal will be taking on Brighton at the Amex stadium

After back to back defeats in the Premier League and Carabao Cup, Arsenal scraped past Burnley in a rather unconvincing fashion, although the scoreline says otherwise. The Gunners weren’t their useful selves against The Clarets, with Unai Emery’s men unable to dominate the game like they usually do.

Level on points with Chelsea in fourth, The Gunners face a Boxing Day trip to Brighton, as they look to remain in the hunt for a place in the Champions League spots.

With the mounting injury crisis engulfing the club, and a tricky away trip to Liverpool later this week, here is how The Gunners are expected to line-up against Brighton.


Goalkeeper

Bernd Leno
Bernd Leno

No surprises here as Bernd Leno will start in goal. The German stopper was at his commanding best against The Clarets, although he couldn’t keep a clean sheet. 

Central defenders

Koscielny is likely to start alongside Sokratis in defence
Koscielny is likely to start alongside Sokratis in defence

With Rob Holding, Konstantinos Mavropanos, & Nacho Monreal unavailable, and Shkodran Mustafi still a doubt for the clash against Brighton, Emery has no other choice but to start Sokratis and Laurent Koscielny, who happen to be the only fit centre-back pairing going into the game.

Fullbacks

With Hector Bellerin out of the clash against Brighton, Lichtsteiner is likely going to be given a nod
With Hector Bellerin out of the clash against Brighton, Lichtsteiner is likely going to be given a nod

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has filled in for injured Hector Bellerin, and was rather unconvincing in the unfamiliar right-back role. The youngster is a midfielder by trade, and Unai Emery will be looking to start the experienced Swiss defender, Stephen Lichtsteiner, who is more of a natural fit for the job.

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Sead Kolasinac is expected to start on the opposite flank.

Central midfielders

Guendouzi is likely going to start alongside Xhaka in midfield
Guendouzi is likely going to start alongside Xhaka in midfield

Granit Xhaka has been used as a central defender in recent games, with the Swiss international struggling to replicate his form in an unfamiliar role. With Koscielny and Sokratis likely to pair at the heart of the defence, Xhaka is likely to be reinstated in midfield.

Lucas Torreira, with four yellow cards to his name, is likely to sit out the game, due to the clash against Liverpool at the weekend. Matteo Guendouzi is likely to start in his stead.

Mesut Ozil is likely to retain his place as the most advanced midfielder in the XI
Mesut Ozil is likely to retain his place as the most advanced midfielder in the XI

Mesut Ozil’s exploits against Burnley will likely see him retain his place as the most advanced midfielder in the XI.

Forwards

Iwobi and Aubameyang will start on the wings, with Lacazette spearheading the attack
Iwobi and Aubameyang will start on the wings, with Lacazette spearheading the attack

Injuries to Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Danny Welbeck have severely limited Unai Emery’s options in the wide areas, with Alex Iwobi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang likely to start on the wings. The latter in particular, is the Premier League’s top goal scorer, with 12 goals to his name.

Alexandre Lacazette is likely going to spearhead the attack.

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