Arsenal predicted line-up to face Brighton as Arteta faces Aubameyang decision

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to return to the starting line-up as Arsenal travel to Brighton on Tuesday evening.

The Gunners captain only made the bench for the 3-1 victory over Chelsea on Boxing Day as he recovered from a calf injury.

Now fully fit, Aubameyang will likely come into the XI, handing Mikel Arteta a dilemma over who to leave out.

Arsenal's attack hit form against Chelsea after months of misfiring and the Gunners boss will be loath to upset the balance with sweeping changes.

Bukayo Saka dazzled with a goal and an assist and is expected to keep his place, while Emile Smith Rowe impressed in the No. 10 role and Alexandre Lacazette scored the opener.

As such, Gabriel Martinelli may be the member of the attack to make way for Aubameyang. The Brazilian starlet has impressed on the left wing in recent fixtures but his minutes are being carefully managed after his nine-month lay-off with a knee injury.

In midfield, Dani Ceballos is competing with Mohamed Elneny for a starting role alongside Granit Xhaka, who scored a spectacular free kick against the Blues.

Elsewhere, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney are expected to continue at right-back and left-back respectively.

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Things are not so clear at centre-back, however, as Arteta is awaiting news on the availability of David Luiz. The Brazilian, alongside compatriot Willian, showed symptoms of coronavirus and was forced to isolate from his teammates.

"They [Luiz and Willian] were having some symptoms, and we have to be really cautious when that happens," said Arteta.

"The protocols say that they have to stay away, they have to test negative but still we have to be really careful we don’t pass that into the players until we are 100 per cent sure they don’t have it."

Gabriel is also unavailable after testing positive for Covid-19, meaning Rob Holding and Pablo Mari may continue their partnership ahead of No. 1 Bernd Leno, with Shkodran Mustafi another option.

Arsenal will be without Thomas Partey for the trip to Brighton as the midfielder continues his rehabilitation from a thigh injury.

Arsenal predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Mari, Tierney; Xhaka, Ceballos; Saka, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang; Lacazette.

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