Arsenal will be looking to sign off for the summer with a bang and make it five Premier League wins on the bounce when they welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to the Emirates Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
The Gunners, who recorded a narrow 1-0 win in the reverse fixture between the two clubs earlier this season, kept their hopes of securing European football for next season alive with a dramatic 3-1 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Wednesday evening.
After seeing Nicolas Pepe’s first half opener cancelled out by Christian Benteke’s header, the Gunners snatched all three points in injury time, scoring twice thanks to goals from substitute Gabriel Martinelli and Pepe’s second of the evening.
Victory over Palace means that if Arsenal were to beat Brighton and both Tottenham Hotspur and Everton failed to win their final day clashes against Leicester City and Manchester City, respectively, the Gunners would sneak into seventh spot and claim a place in the UEFA Europa Conference League qualifiers.
With that in mind, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, who will watch his side play in front of supporters at the Emirates Stadium tomorrow afternoon since a small number were allowed inside back in December, will be hoping to name his strongest team possible.
With that said, here is a round-up of all the very latest Gunners injury news and a look at who may not be available for selection tomorrow afternoon.
After joining Arsenal back in 2011, Spanish right-back Bellerin may have played his final game for the club.
The Spaniard is open to leaving this summer and testing himself elsewhere, but he may not get the farewell appearance that his service and hard work deserves, with a lower leg injury ruling him out of the contest.
He picked up the injury in last Wednesday evening’s 1-0 win over Chelsea and, as a result, missed the win over Palace. It has now been confirmed that he will also miss the final day tussle with Brighton, meaning he may never play for the club again if he is to seal an exit this summer.
“Hector is not fit so he won’t be there playing the last game,” Arteta said. “Like everybody that has a contract he remains here.”
Whilst Bellerin may not earn the farewell appearance that he deserves, fellow defender Luiz may earn his final appearance in a Gunners shirt, although a late decision on his availability is to be made.
After returning to action in the 2-0 win over Newcastle United almost three weeks ago following knee surgery, the Brazilian immediately picked up a hamstring complaint, resulting in him missing the three matches that have followed that victory on Tyneside.
However, Luiz is considered a fighter by those in the Gunners camp and will no doubt be clinging to every last drop of hope that he can play one last match for the club before leaving upon the expiry of his contract.
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Arsenal are likely to provide an update on him ahead of kick-off.
Fortunately for Arteta, Bellerin and Luiz are the only two injury issues he has to contend with at this moment in time, meaning he has plenty of options available to him.
Following the win at Palace in midweek, the likes of Cedric Soares, Granit Xhaka, Martin Odegaard, Alexandre Lacazette and Martinelli will all be pushing for starting berths after being named on the bench.
Elsewhere, Mat Ryan is unavailable for selection due to being on loan from Brighton and unable to play against his parent club.