The silver lining of the frenetic scheduling of Project Restart is that we don’t have to wait long for Arsenal to possibly wash the taste of a bad result from our mouths. The Gunners definitely need a palate cleanser after everything went wrong in the 3-0 defeat at Manchester City. The glass-half-empty types will tell you that if you pile one bad meal on top of another, your stomach will never get better. However you slice it, Arsenal have a chance to serve up a five-star meal away to Brighton & Hove Albion tomorrow. To be honest, I’d be happy with anything edible AKA three points, however I can get ‘em, chef’s choice.
On paper, this a matchup Arsenal should win. For table position and qualifying for European competition, this is one Arsenal need to win. Brighton are 15th in the table, just two points above the drop. The Gunners are the better team but the Seagulls will be playing desperate (and our lads should be too).
The home side have all their players available save José Izquierdo, who hasn’t played a game this season due to a knee injury. They’re led by striker Neal Maupay, who has 8 goals on the season. Pascal Groß drives their attack from the midfield.
Arsenal, on the other hand, are the walking wounded. Pablo Mari is out for the season (although Arsenal are reportedly making his loan deal a permanent move). Lucas Torreira (ankle), Granit Xhaka (ankle), Cedric Soares (facial fracture), and Sokratis (thigh) are all expected back in full training sometime in the next two weeks. Calum Chambers will not return this season as he continues to rehab from an ACL tear.
With David Luiz serving the first match of a two-match ban for his red card against Manchester City, Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding are the only available, fit senior centerbacks. 19-year old under-23 player Zech Medley has traveled with the team to Brighton and will likely be in the matchday squad.
Make sure to check out the Predicted Lineup and Bench post, too. Earlier this week, we took at look at Brighton in our “Fantasy Premier League” series where we’re asking you to vote on which player from each club you’d like to see at Arsenal. For Brighton, y’all picked centerback Lewis Dunk, which given Arsenal’s injury crisis, is a good choice.
WHAT: Arsenal at Brighton & Hove Albion
WHERE: The Amex, Brighton & Hove
WHEN: Saturday, June 20th 7 AM PT | 10 AM ET | 3 PM BT
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