Brighton v Arsenal Confirmed Team News & Predicted Line-up including two changes

Arsenal will make the short trip to the Amex Stadium today to take on Brighton, and will do so with a near-full squad of options available.

The Gunners have already suffered a number of missing players throughout the early part of the season, with players testing positive for Coronavirus on top of players falling foul of other illnesses and injuries also, but we come into today’s match missing just one player.

Granit Xhaka limped off against Tottenham Hotspur last week as we went on to claim a 3-1 victory come the final whistle, and Arsenal are now expecting to be without their former captain for around three months. The 29 year-old suffered a knee injury, and scans found that he had also suffered a ‘significant injury to his medial knee ligament’, but that surgery would not be required as part of his rehabilitation as confirmed on their official website.

In fact, both sides are only missing just the one player as confirmed in Arsenal.com‘s official preview for the clash, with the Potters without centre-back Adam Webster.

Predicted Arsenal XI:

Ramsdale
Tomiyasu White Gabriel Tierney
Odegaard Partey Smith Rowe
Pepe Aubameyang Saka

This team was winning matches in the absence of Granit Xhaka most recently, and should be easy for the players to revert back into this weekend, although it wouldn’t be a huge shock if the manager did opt to bring Lokonga into the team this evening.

There has been more talk about Bernd Leno this week, but I simply can’t see why we would look to bring him back into the side at present, and he should be trying his best to find form in training to convince the manager that he deserves his shot, although at present it feels like it is Aaron Ramsdale’s place to lose.

Do you expect any other players to come into the manager’s thinking today?

Patrick

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22 Comments

  1. Bob says:

    Looking forward to this one. Team is gelling nicely.

  2. Koma says:

    I would prefer to see Lokonga srart this game. He’s Arteta’s best signing

    1. guy says:

      Me too Koma, but it depends on which formation MA wants for this one – the more attacking one brings Pepe in instead of Sambi, but also moves Saka back to the left.
      I really don’t like it, particularly against Brighton who have a well organised midfield. I hope he tinkers as little as possible, ans simply brings in Sambi for Xhaka.

    2. ArseOverTit says:

      Agreed Lokonga /Partey to stop and build from mid.

  3. Koma says:

    Pepe has been given plenty of chances, but he doesn’t improve his performance. I think Arsenal should sell him whilst valuable, even though he’s not gonna be bought with the same amount that Arsenal have spent to acquire him

    1. Skills1000 says:

      Hi Koma, Pepe scored goals towards the end of last season. If you are to compare Pepe’s contribution to Arsenal with Eden Hazard’s contribution to real Madrid, then the difference is clear. Pepe is not a flop. He still has a lot to offer this team. We ain’t selling him any time soon.

      1. guy says:

        Cmon Skills – you compare Hazards recent performances with any player at any club and the difference is equally clear as Hazard has been very poor. Sorry thats no criteria. He is not the worst player in the EPL BUT Pepe does not fit the way we want to play, and he isn’t learning. Either we adapt the whole team to suit him or he goes. Which would you choose?
        His decision making is poor. He passes back more than Xhaka ever did. He stops and stands there when he gets the ball, allowing defenders to get back. He likes to beat the same man two or three times when he doesn’t need to. He tries to be but is not a team player – tactically he is never where he should be. You get 80 minutes of the above from Pepe, all of which screws up our game plan, for ten minutes of good (usually individualist) play.
        Sorry Skills, Pepe is an impact sub and that’s it.

        1. Skills1000 says:

          Hmm Guy. You raised some facts which I agree with 100 percent. But in fairness, towards the end of last season, Pepe scored goals. I think we should not give up on Pepe yet.
          We can’t sell him now. He still has the potential to modify his game and give more than he is doing presently.
          What I like about him though is his unpredictability. He can shoot when you don’t expect him to. His shooting is also precise. His incredible solo effort against Wolves last season, the 2 goals against crystal Palace, and a host of other goals and assists from him. Consistency and discipline is what we want from him. It will be pre mature to write him off at this stage. We invested a lot of money on Pepe.

          Hazard is a flop at real madrid(when you look at his stats considering the amount they bought him), but we know he is quality.
          Mind you, both Hazard and Pepe moved to these clubs at the same transfer window.

  4. Longbenark says:

    We need players that can shield the ball properly and Pepe doesn’t fall in that category, so I would prefer this:

    Ramsdale
    Tomiyasu White Gabriel Tierney
    Odegaard Partey Lokonga
    Saka Aubameyang Smith-Rowe

  5. gotanidea says:

    I predict Arteta will use two DMs, since it’s an away game:

    ………………………… Ramsdale
    Tomiyasu . White . Gabriel . Tierney
    ………………Partey …………… Lokonga
    Saka ……….. Odegaard …………. Smith-Rowe
    ……………………… Aubameyang

    1. Skills1000 says:

      @GAI, Yes. A double pivot against Brighton is key. They hardly leave space and press as a team. They also attack in numbers. I would suggest we rest ESR and play Pepe instead.

      Tomiyasu White Gabriel Tierney

      Partey Lokonga

      Pepe Odegaard Aubameyang

      Lacazette/Martinelli

      This match will be tough. I’m predicting 3:1 to Arsenal.

      1. Sylva says:

        I agree with @Gai formation.
        Lokonga remains the best to replace G Xhaka. From the look of things Elneny time at Arsenal is gradually fading out. AMN is stepping in. In this type of game against Brighton Lokonga need to be physically fit. Hence AMN should stepp in. If we can keep N. Mopea quite I see 1:0 win or 2:1

      2. gotanidea says:

        Yup, we could start with Saka, Odegaard and Pepe behind Aubameyang or Lacazette. I don’t like Aubameyang and Lacazette start the game together, because it rarely worked

        1. Sylva Olabanji says:

          Gai
          For me Auba should start. We need to keep him consistent with his pressing. Lacazzet can come in for some minutes in 2nd half. Same for Pepe. We need the 1st 11 to be consistent. The midfielders and attackers same like the defenders. Too much change always affects rhythm of players.

    2. Sylva says:

      I agree with this formation. Lokonga remains the best to replace G Xhaka. From the look of things Elneny time at Arsenal is gradually fading out. AMN is stepping in. In this type of game against Brighton Lokonga need to be physically fit. Hence AMN should stepp in. If we can keep N. Mopea quite I see 1:0 win or 2:1

      1. gotanidea says:

        Lokonga’s passing skills are good, so I believe Arteta will choose him over Maitland-Niles

  6. Joe Gunner says:

    We don’t need pepe at the moment, Lokonga is better option, let’s keep the momentum going, 3 point in the bag, Gunner 4 life

  7. Michael odida says:

    The squad is ok so long as there wil be a result thats it..but mikel should not waste lokonga this the time lokonga can prove how good he can be to partner with party in midfield,or we are still in that slogan of trusting the process…we are no more there we need result not only result but better result at the memont we should not drag behind anymore

  8. Tom says:

    It’s going to be a hard fought victory.
    2nil to the Arsenal

  9. Kay says:

    Double pivot of Partey and Sambi. As they say, if it’s not bad why fix it. Let’s maintain the NLD starting lineup, with Sambi for Xhaka.

  10. indian gooner says:

    Tierney is the worse player on the pitch right now, his positioning is bad for a defender he is showing how average player he is, and also we have lots of snails , our players first touches and ball controlling is poor, i don’t impress with odegard recent performance

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