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Arsenal interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg will be hoping for an improved performance against Brighton following an unconvincing start to his spell in charge versus Norwich. I have made changes in defence: transcript and Attack says Ljungberg
Kieran Tierney was surprisingly omitted from the starting eleven at Carrow Road on Saturday, but the Scottish international could come back into the line up ahead of Sead Kolasinac when the Gunners face the Seagulls.
Calum Chambers is likely to keep his place at right-back with Hector Bellerin still recovering from a tight hamstring. Rob Holding’s knee injury may mean that Ljungberg keeps faith with Shkodran Mustafi alongside David Luiz. The German appears to be ahead of Sokratis in the pecking order under the new regime.
In midfield, Lucas Torreira could well come in for Matteo Guendouzi who has not been at his best recently, with Granit Xhaka keeping his place in the first eleven.
Nicolas Pepe may get his chance to impress Ljungberg with Joe Willock making way, despite a good display against Norwich. Ozil could move centrally with the Ivorian and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang taking their places on the wings.
Team news: Latest on Ceballos and Bellerin
Here’s an update from Arsenal medical team ahead of Thursday’s match against Brighton & Hove Albion:
Left hamstring. Sustained during the Vitoria (a) match on November 6. Aiming to return to full training mid-December.
Tight hamstring. Being assessed ahead of Thursday’s match.
Arsenal’s Predicted XI To Face Brighton:
Leno, Chambers, Mustafi, Luiz, Tierney, Torreira, Ozil, Xhaka, Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang