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Xhaka Misses Out, Lokonga To Start | Predicted 4-3-3 Arsenal Line Up Vs Brighton

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Satyam Mukherjee
Avid Arsenal fan and a lawyer currently practising in Calcutta High Court.

Brighton have been punching above their weight this season. The seagulls sit at 6th on the table after losing just once in their opening six games. Arsenal, on the other hand, are gaining momentum after their three back to back wins in the league. Manager Mikel Arteta only just had his full squad ready and available last week and once again Granit Xhaka’s recent injury has disturbed that flow in some way. Keeping that in mind, new signing Albert Sambi Lokonga looks favourite to slot in at the spot of the Swiss midfielder.

Arteta has been deploying a flat three-man midfield in the last few games. It got him a nomination for Manager of the Month for September and thus he should look to continue with a similar set-up against Brighton.

Predicted 4-3-3 Arsenal Line Up Vs Brighton

Defence

Aaron Ramsdale is the undisputed No. 1 for Arsenal at this moment. The Englishman conceded just once in his first four games for the Gunners and he will certainly start between the sticks on Saturday.

Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu will start at either side of the defence. The Japanese right-back looks really settled at his new club in a very short time.

Gabriel has been an absolute tank for the Gunners at the heart of their backline and he will start at the centre-back spot with Englishman Ben White partnering him.

Midfield

Thomas Partey is the anchor that protects the Arsenal defence and the Ghanaian will be looking forward to keeping his form going. He will be accompanied by Odegaard, who had been fairly underrated until the Burnley game. However, Odegaard’s displays against Burnley and Spurs portrayed the picture that he is the man who keeps the midfield ticking.

Granit Xhaka had a good display against Spurs after coming back from suspension. However, he sustained an injury in the Derby and now has to spend a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Albert Sambi Lokonga will slot straight in his spot and hope to continue his fine form since arriving in England.

Attack

Emile Smith Rowe had a subdued start to the season, however, he broke all the shackles around him in the North London Derby. He will be starting at the left-hand side of the attack. Club captain Aubameyang was also on the scoresheet on Sunday and the Gabonese striker will look to continue his scoring prowess against the Seagulls as well.

Bukayo Saka will be starting at the right-hand side of the attack as the young Englishman has been keeping Nicolas Pepe out of the squad recently. However, the Ivorian will be looking to come on from the bench and ruffle some feathers against a rather slow Brighton defence.

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