Live Blog: Brighton v Arsenal

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has made five changes to the team that played against Manchester City on Wednesday.

Rob Holding will partner Shkodran Mustafi in central defence. Holding’s last start in the Premier League was against Leicester in November. Pablo Mari will miss the rest of the season due to an ankle ligament/tendon injury that will require surgery. David Luiz is unavailable for the next three games due to his suspension as a result of being sent off at the Etihad. Sokratis is said to be two weeks away from full fitness.

Alexander Lacazette starts in place of Eddie Nketiah. Nicolas Pepe comes into the team at the expense of Joe Willock. It looks as though Arsenal are playing either a 4-3-3 with a central midfield trio of Bukayo Saka, Matteo Guendouzi and Dani Ceballos or a 4-4-2 with Saka on the left wing and Pepe on the right.

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, Bernd Leno, Matteo Guendouzi and Bukayo Saka keep their places in the side today.

Arsenal team news:

Starting XI: Leno, Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Kolasinac, Pepe, Ceballos, Guendouzi, Saka, Aubameyang, Lacazette.

Subs: Martinez, Maitland-Niles, Medley, Tierney, Willock, Nelson, Ozil, Nketiah, Martinelli.

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