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Arsenal reacted extremely well to going a goal down against Valencia. The 3-1 victory at the Emirates means they are favourites to reach the Europa League final.
With the second leg coming up next week, manager Unai Emery will have some decisions to make about his team selection, but he cannot afford to make too many changes.
Unai Emery experimented with a 4-4-2 away at Leicester last weekend but has favoured a 3-4-1-2/3-4-2-1 in Arsenal’s last seven home matches in all competitions, so we may see the three-man backline in operation again at the Emirates on Sunday.
Emery is prone to rotation and system changes, of course, so alterations could well be made given that the Gunners take on Brighton less than 72 hours after they beat Valencia in the Europa League.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is suspended while Laurent Koscielny was suffering from fatigue on Thursday night, so we could see Carl Jenkinson and Nacho Monreal return to the Arsenal starting XI this weekend.
Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are both rested options but Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have generally been paired together in recent home fixtures and Mesut Ozil (who has started the last five home league games) was withdrawn after 75 minutes against Valencia, perhaps with one eye on the visit of Chris Hughton’s side.
Lucas Torreira may replace Matteo Guendouzi after the youngster’s run-out in midweek, with Mohamed Elneny another option in the double-pivot.
Konstantinos Mavropanos is an alternative at centre-back, while Eddie Nketiah will be hoping for more pitch-time in attack after featuring as a substitute in Gameweeks 35 and 36.
Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and Denis Suarez (groin) have been ruled out for the season, while Hector Bellerin (knee), Danny Welbeck (ankle) and Rob Holding (knee) are long-term absentees.
Arsenal’s Predicted XI To Face Brighton:
Leno, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal, Kolasinac, Torreira, Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Iwobi
Brighton have two injury concerns heading into the match this weekend. Midfielder Beram Kayal and Davy Propper are both struggling to overcome hamstring injuries.
Brighton’s Predicted XI:
Ryan, Montoya, Dunk, Duffy, Bernardo, March, Bissouma, Stephens, Locadia, Gross, Murray