Saturday’s match between Brighton and Arsenal is an important one for the Gunners as they look to continue their impressive form.
After being humbled by Brentford on day one and then consequent defeats against title contenders Chelsea and Manchester City, Mikel Arteta’s side bounced back with victories against Norwich City, Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur.
Arsenal’s resurgence came after the club significantly improved their defence, which was largely to thank for their rise up the table.
The Gunners now sit 10th in the league table with three wins and three losses so far this season in the Premier League.
According to the latest team news from London Colney, all the senior players are available for selection except for the injured Granit Xhaka.
The Swiss international midfielder returned to the starting eleven at Spurs after serving a three-game suspension for a red card against Man City.
Granit Xhaka was quite instrumental in their victory, but his outing ended in a horrible manner as he picked up a knee injury which will see him out for three months.
Arsenal and Brighton are similar in some aspects. For example, their head to head statistics are almost the same with both teams having three wins each.
In the Premier League era, Arsenal and Brighton have faced each other 8 times. With 2 draws, both teams have won two matches at home and one away.
Arsenal’s strongest possible lineup against Brighton
Brighton is 6th in the table and doing well under Graham Potter, therefore it is important for Arsenal to start well. The Gunners are facing a tough task because of Brighton’s form, but if they can get off to a fast start and retain the Tottenham performance then the match will be intense.
Our predicted XI –
Aaron Ramsdale has saved Arsenal’s bacon quite a number of times in the last few matches and should keep his place ahead of Bernd Leno.
In defence, the two new signings, Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu are likely to accompany Gabriel Magalhaes and Kieran Tierney.
Arsenal’s midfield looks convincing after the North London derby. The Spurs match saw Albert Sambi Lokonga replace Granit Xhaka following his injury. And he is most likely to keep his place along with Thomas Partey and Martin Odegaard.
The lineup against Spurs with Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka in the front three proved effective. Hence, there’s a good chance of Smith Rowe and Saka playing in wide position with Aubameyang as the central forward.