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Aubameyang to return - How Arsenal could line-up against Brighton

The Gabonese forward was left on the bench for the Gunners' impressive victory against Chelsea but should be recalled on Tuesday

10:34am on Monday 28th December 2020
Martin Macdonald

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will likely be restored to Arsenal's starting XI for Tuesday's clash with Brighton.

The Gunners ended their awful run of form on Saturday with a huge 3-1 victory at home to London rivals, Chelsea, and did so without club captain Aubameyang, who was left on the bench as he wasn't fully fit.

The forward remains Arsenal's talisman, though, and will likely start, probably at the expense of Emile Smith Rowe.

Alexandre Lacazette scored against Chelsea, and although Mikel Arteta may want to rotate a bit due to the small amount of time between fixtures at the moment, the Frenchman might start again, with Aubameyang partnering him.

Gabriel will be missing for Arsenal after coming into close contact with someone with coronavirus. He has not contracted the virus himself, but must still self-isolate.

Willian and David Luiz missed the Chelsea win due to illness, but neither have coronavirus so should be available for selection here if fully fit.

However, both have come under criticism for their performances recently so probably won't make the starting XI unless Arteta wants to give other players a rest.

After a relatively solid outing against the Blues, the Spaniard may opt for the same back four of Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, and Kieran Tierney.

Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka will likely start in midfield, with the latter scoring a magnificent free-kick at the weekend.

Obviously keeping players fresh is important over the festive period, but Arsenal are desperately in need of consistency at the moment, which might see Arteta name a similar XI to the Chelsea game, perhaps with Aubameyang coming in the only change.

Aubameyang's inclusion, with Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka also included, may see a switch to a 4-4-2.

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