Arsenal welcome Brighton to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon knowing only a win will do if they want to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The Gunners are currently two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea but could be sixth at kick-off if the Blues and Manchester United win their earlier games against Watford and Huddersfield respectively.
In his pre-match press conference, Unai Emery said, as quoted by Sky Sports, that “top four is the priority, not the Europa League” so winning here is clearly of upmost importance. With those comments in mind, the 47-year-old should put out his strongest team against the Brighton, despite their second leg clash with Valencia being on the horizon.
What you need to know
Arsenal expected lineup vs Brighton
Arsenal: (4-3-3) Bernd Leno – Shkodran Mustafi – Sokratis – Hector Bellerin – Laurent Koscielny – Mesut Ozil – Granit Xhaka – Guendouzi – Aubameyang – Alexandre Lacazette – Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Brighton: (4-3-3) Matthew Ryan – Bruno Saltor – Gaetan Bong – Lewis Dunk – Shane Duffy – Knockaert – Beram Kayal – Dale Stephens – Bissouma – Florin Andone – Jurgen Locadia.
Match: Arsenal v Brighton.
Date: 05 May 2019.
Time: 06.30 (UK Time).
Referee: Anthony Taylor.
Stadium: Emirates Stadium.