ARSENAL make the short journey to the South Coast as they travel to face Brighton at the Amex Stadium TODAY.
The Gunners restarted their season with a tough game against defending champions Man City, but were below-par in a disappointing 3-0 defeat.
- Kick-off: 3pm
- TV/live stream: BT Sport 1
- EE customers can get a free three-month trial by texting SPORT to 150
- You can cancel the trial at any time
Follow ALL of the latest from the Amex Stadium below…
CENTRE OF ATTENTION
Rob Holding partners Shkodran Mustafi at centre-back for the Gunners this afternoon.
Pablo Mari started on Wednesday before suffering an injury.
Brazilian David Luiz replaced him with spectacularly bad results.
The former Chelsea and PSG ace made an error for a goal before being given his marching orders after giving away a penalty during a 25-minute period of mayhem.
Check out the potential centre-back targets for Mikel Arteta this summer:
VALUE FOR MONEY?
Mesut Ozil is on the bench for Arsenal.
Can he have a similar impact to Paul Pogba who came off the bench to help rescue a point for Manchester United against Spurs last night?
Check out the stats behind the German's bumper wages.
2 Lamptey, 4 Duffy, 6 Stephens, 10 Mac Allister, 17 Murray, 20 March, 22 Montoya, 27 Button, 44 Connolly.
3 Tierney, 10 Ozil, 15 Maitland-Niles, 24 Nelson, 26 Martinez, 28 Willock, 30 Nketiah, 35 Martinelli, 49 Medley.
LOOK OZ BACK
Mesut Ozil DOES return to the Arsenal squad on the bench.
Five changes from Mikel Arteta after the humbling at Man City earlier in the week.
Mari and Xhaka are injured, Willock, Nketiah and Tierney all drop to the bench.
Holding, Pepe, Ceballos, Kolasinac and Lacazette make the starting XI.
Graham Potter has named his first XI since Project Restart.
1 Ryan, 15 Webster, 5 Dunk, 33 Burn, 21 Schelotto, 13 Gross, 18 Mooy, 8 Bissouma, 11 Trossard, 24 Propper, 7 Maupay.
Mikel Arteta bring Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette into the starting XI.
Rob Holding takes the vacant spot at centre-back.
1 Leno, 2 Bellerin, 16 Holding, 20 Mustafi, 31 Kolasinac, 8 Ceballos, 29 Guendouzi, 19 Pepe, 14 Aubameyang, 77 Saka, 9 Lacazette.
TEAM NEWS IN FIVE!!!
Five minutes away from team news at Brighton.
The Gunners have arrived wearing their masks ahead of the 3pm KO.
Talented Gunners ace Mesut Ozil seems to be well and truly out of favour.
Mikel Arteta did not include the German pro in his squad for Wednesday's defeat at Manchester City.
The 31-year-old is unlikely to be involved again today, down in Brighton.
What has gone wrong for the ex-Real Madrid ace?
Check out the stats showing his decline:
AFTERNOON FOOTY FANS
Arsenal are looking to bounce back from their 3-0 thumping at the hands of Manchester City on Wednesday, as they travel to Brighton.
The Gunners were comfortably beaten on Mikel Arteta's return to his old stomping ground.
David Luiz was the villain after coming on as an early sub for the injured Pablo Mari.
Luiz's mistake led to the opening goal and the Brazilian was sent off for giving away a penalty in a kamikaze 25 minute spell.
The North London side remain eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, with both teams having played the same number of games, as they go in search of a Champions League spot.
Brighton are also desperate for a result as they restart their campaign post-Covid-19.
The Seagulls hover just two points off the drop zone and can ill afford to slip up.
The Gunners have a centre-back availability crisis with Mari and Sokratis injured and Luiz suspended, young left-back Kieran Tierney may be tasked with filling in.
Nicolas Pepe has a chance of starting but Mesut Ozil is likely to be left out once again.
The Seagulls are only missing Jose Izquierdo through injury and Graham Potter's side are virtually full strength for their first game in over three months
Source: Read Full Article