Arsenal reacted extremely well to going a goal down against Valencia yesterday. 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.
Sunday’s opponents Brighton are not safe from relegation so the Gunners will be in for a battle to get the three points. The question will be how Emery balances the pursuit of a top-four finish with the Europa League.
The Spaniard now has five season-ending injuries to contend with. Aaron Ramsey has confirmed he has played his last game for the club after failing to recover from a hamstring problem.
The Welshman joins Denis Suarez (groin), Hector Bellerin (knee), Danny Welbeck (ankle) and Rob Holding (knee) on the treatment table.
Captain Laurent Koscielny is also a major doubt with Emery hinting that the 33-year-old needs a rest following an intensive run of fixtures.
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
The bookmakers have the home side as the favourites with Betfred pricing the Gunners at 4/9 to win. A draw is 4/1 with Betway while a Brighton victory is 8/1 at Betfair.
Predicted Score – 3-0 to Arsenal