Predicted Arsenal line-up vs Brighton, Kieran Tierney starts
Arsenal will be eyeing a third-straight Premier League win when they entertain Brighton & Hove Albion at the Emirates Stadium this evening.
The Gunners are currently on 81 points, one behind leaders Manchester City who also have a game in hand. The gap could extend with City visiting Everton this afternoon but Arsenal need to keep up the pressure with a win.
Ahead of the game, it has been confirmed that William Saliba won’t feature against the Seagulls but Oleksandr Zinchenko has an outside chance of making the squad after returning to training following a calf problem.
Aaron Ramsdale is no longer in contention for the Golden Glove after David de Gea’s 16th clean sheet of the season. However, he will be determined for another shut-out, having conceded regularly over recent months.
In defence, Ben White is a nailed-on starter at right-back while Jakub Kiwior is expected to partner Gabriel Magalhaes at the heart of the backline. With Zinchenko doubtful, Kieran Tierney should get a rare start in the left-back spot.
Jorginho produced a man-of-the-match display in the 2-0 win over Newcastle United with his terrific positioning in midfield and the Italian should start ahead of Thomas Partey in the number six position again.
Granit Xhaka has been a revelation from the advanced central midfield role and he is expected to keep his place once more.
Further forward, no changes are expected. Bukayo Saka has been struggling to find his best form but he is unlikely to be dropped. The club graduate is an assured starter from the right side of the attack.
Martin Odegaard has been a revelation in his second full season at the club and he is the joint top-scorer for the club in the Premier League after bagging his 15th goal in the superb 2-0 win at Newcastle.
The club captain will start in his preferred number 10 spot with Gabriel Martinelli on the left flank while Gabriel Jesus is set to lead the line. Brighton should present another fierce test for the Gunners.
Arsenal beat them 4-2 on the road in the reverse fixture but victories have been hard to come by over the years. The Gunners have managed just one league double since the Seagulls’ promotion.
How Arsenal could line up against Brighton
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