Date: 26th December 2018 at 1:24pm
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Arsenal take on Brighton later this afternoon at the Amex Stadium in the Boxing Day fixtures.

got back to winning ways on Sunday after beating Burnley 3-1 at the Emirates, and will be hoping to bag all three points against a tricky Brighton side today.

A win or draw for Arsenal would see them climb back into the top four for a few hours with playing Watford tonight, while Brighton, who currently sit 13th in the Premier League table, would stay in the same position with a positive result but push themselves further adrift of the relegation zone.

Rob Holding (knee), Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin), Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring), Hector Bellerin (calf), Welbeck (leg) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (metatarsal) are all ruled out for selection today, while Nacho Monreal (hamstring) will be assessed ahead of the game.

So, with injuries to think about and a trip away to up next (on the 29th), what should Arsenal’s starting XI look like today?

Here is my predicted line-up:


Lichtsteiner          Sokratis          Koscielny

Maitland-Niles          Torreira          Xhaka          Kolasinac

Iwobi                                 Ozil


Bernd Leno has started most of Arsenal’s Premier League games up to now so there is no reason for him not to today.

With so many injuries to Arsenal’s defensive players, must play as a centre-back alongside Sokratis and Laurent Koscienly, who didn’t feature at all on Sunday against Burnley.

The wing-backs should be Sead Kolasinac on the left and Ainsley Maitland-Niles on the right.

Lucas Torreira alongside Granit Xhaka in midfield with Iwobi and Mesut Ozil supporting up front.