Arsenal are out to build on their terrific north London derby victory as they travel to face Brighton this evening.
After a disastrous start to the season, when they lost their opening three league games, Mikel Arteta’s side appear to have turned a corner, winning three on the spin, culminating in last weekend’s 3-1 thumping of Tottenham at the Emirates.
That victory did come at some cost, however, with midfielder Granit Xhaka picking up a knee injury that is expected to rule him out for three months, which could prompt Arteta into a tactical rejig at the Amex.
In wait are a Brighton side who had chance to go top of the Premier League when they faced rivals Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday night, but in the end they needed a late equaliser from Neal Maupay to rescue a point.
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So, Mikel Arteta makes just the one change to the side that started the north London derby on Sunday as Albert Sambi Lokonga comes in for Granit Xhaka in a like-for-like swap.
Expect the 4-2-3-1 that worked so well at the Emirates to be employed again here.
Brighton team news
Brighton XI: Sanchez, Duffy, Dunk, Burn, Veltman, Gross, Lallana, Cucurella, Trossard, Moder, Maupay.
Subs: Lamptey, Connolly, Mac Allister, March, Steele, Locadia, Roberts, Richards, Sarmiento.
Arsenal team news
Arsenal XI: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Lokonga, Smith Rowe, Odegaard, Saka, Aubameyang
Subs: Leno, Cedric, Holding, Tavares, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Pepe, Martinelli, Lacazette
We’ll find out the answer in about five minutes – team news is next.
The big decision for Mikel Arteta will be as to who replaces Xhaka, because he surely won’t tinker with the team that was so good against Tottenham last Sunday, given they’ve had a week break in-between.
Albert Sambi Lokonga would be a like-for-like switch, but Arteta could revert to the 4-3-3 he employed against Burnley and bring in Nicolas Pepe as a winger and drop Emile Smith Rowe into a deeper role.
Here’s how we think Arsenal might lineup tonight…
Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Lokonga; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang.
Odds via Betfair (subject to change)
How to watch
TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event, with coverage starting at 5pm.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via Sky Go
Premier League head-to-head
Arsenal were so impressive against Tottenham but Brighton have looked very good this season and this one could be tight. Consistency remains key for the Gunners and if they can back up that Spurs display then this could be a really entertaining game.