Arsenal will look to end their season on a positive note by qualifying for the Europa Conference League. As they welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to the Emirates, who are the players that could miss out?
The Gunners got an important win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday, making it their fourth win on the trot. If they were to beat the visitors, the north Londoners will give themselves a chance to be in contention for European football next season, but that depends on how Tottenham and Everton perform in their respective matches.
As for the team news, one player who will be missing from the squad is defender Hector Bellerin. The full back got injured against Chelsea and has been ruled out for the final matchday. David Luiz who is recovering from a hamstring injury is being assessed and a final decision will be made on his availability.
There are no other injury problems, but the other absentee is going to be goalkeeper Mat Ryan. The Australian who is on loan from Brighton, is ineligible to play against his parent club.
The Seagulls come into this game on the back of a win over Manchester City and that will surely give them a lot of confidence. They will look to trouble the Gunners with their intricate passing. For the hosts, the onus will be on the attackers do well, as their inefficiency in front of goal has really hurt the club this season. The defence has been solid for more or less the entire campaign but up front, there isn’t enough of a cutting edge.
Nicolas Pepe will be expected to step up once again and be among the goals like last week. The Ivorian winger has the pace and skill to cause the visitor’s defence major problems. Keeping him quiet will be a tough task and when combined with the added threat of Bukayo Saka from the other wing, the Gunners can gain an advantage through the wide areas.
Arsenal will play in front of fans for the first time in 2020/21 and will want to give them a happy experience. Getting the three points would do, but the hosts need to be wary of the threat that Brighton possess. If the home attack starts clicking, the north Londoners will emerge victorious.
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