Karl Hein makes his goalkeeping debut for Arsenal vs. Brighton in the Carabao Cup. Matt Turner is out since he will play for the United States at the World Cup. The USA international will have to make do with a bench spot against Brighton tonight after missing Arsenal’s last two Europa League matches.
For the foreseeable future, in Arsenal vs. Brighton, Arsenal will have to play without Granit Xhaka, beginning with their Premier League visit to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday. The Switzerland captain is currently battling to return to action before the close of the year after sustaining “severe” knee ligament damage in last week’s 3-1 victory against Tottenham Hotspur. There is absolutely no need for Mikel Arteta to alter a formula that works this weekend, while Arsenal else has a good health report for the visit to the South Coast.
In addition to Takehiro Tomiyasu’s outstanding performance against the Lilywhites, Aaron Ramsdale’s amazing fingertip save in the final seconds of the North London derby helped him to further defend his choice over Bernd Leno. In Arsenal vs. Brighton, an unwavering and resolute Arsenal defense made up of Gabriel Magalhaes, Ben White, and Kieran Tierney will be in place there at Amex. The most likely candidate to take Thomas Party’s spot in lieu of the injured Granit Xhaka is Albert Sambi Lokonga.
Discussion on competitors:
After scoring a goal and giving an assist against Tottenham, Bukayo Saka recalled a pre-game lunch conversation he had with Emile Smith Rowe about taking on the Gunners’ biggest competitors. Rowe added two more goals of his own, indicating that the conversation had some effect on him.
Whereas Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who mimicked the famous Thierry Henry Tottenham celebration last weekend, will look to add to his total of five goals from his previous five in all competitions, Martin Odegaard will remain in his position as the Gunners’ creative hub.