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Brighton vs Arsenal predicted XIs: Confirmed team news and probable lineups

By Dean Smith

Published: 17:31, 5 April 2024

The late kick-off in the Premier League sees title-chasers Arsenal travel to the south coast to face a Brighton side that is struggling to maintain any form of momentum as they aim for successive European campaigns.

The game at the AMEX Stadium is due to start at 5.30pm and will be available to watch live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event.

The Gunners continued their stunning form in 2024 by professionally seeing off Luton at the Emirates Stadium in a 2-0 victory, making it nine wins from 10 league games this calendar year. 

Mikel Arteta’s men will be looking to take all three points from the AMEX for the third time in four years, but a weaker starting eleven could be named in this clash with one eye being kept on their next match, the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Bayern Munich.

Brighton have lost four of their last seven in all competitions and last scored more than one goal in any game back in mid-February – in a 5-0 thrashing of bottom side Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

However, while they have failed to impress on their travels in recent weeks (losing six of their last eight on the road), Roberto De Zerbi’s men continue to be a force to be reckoned with in front of their own fans, with the Seagulls losing just twice at home all season in all competitions – the most recent of those defeats coming in the Europa League group stages against AEK Athens in a 3-2 loss back in September.

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Team news

Brighton will be without the injured quartet of Kaoru Mitoma (back), Jack Hinshelwood (ankle), Billy Gilmour and Solly March (both knee) for the visit of Arsenal, while veteran midfielder James Milner is a doubt as he recovers from a thigh problem.

Striker Evan Ferguson, rumoured to be linked with a move to the Gunners in the summer, missed the Seagulls’ midweek draw with Brentford but is available for selection for Saturday’s game, as is Danny Welbeck, who could be in line to start against his former employers.

Mikel Arteta’s squad gets closer to full fitness with each passing week, with star winger Bukayo Saka in line to return to the fold after missing Wednesday’s victory over Luton through fatigue.

His return would mean that Dutch defender Jurrien Timber is the only enforced absentee through injury, while players on the fringes of the starting XI could pick up more valuable minutes, with the likes of Thomas Partey and Wednesday’s Player of the Match Emile Smith Rowe both vying for starting spots in midfield.

Predicted line-up

Brighton (4-2-3-1): Verbruggen; Lamptey, Dunk, Van Hecke, Estupinan; Gross, Baleba; Enciso, Buonanotte, Adingra; Welbeck

Arsenal (4-3-3): Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Rice, Smith Rowe; Saka, Havertz, Trossard