Brighton & Hove Albion head coach Graham Potter has confirmed that he will be without Joel Veltman, Davy Propper and Danny Welbeck for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
The Seagulls, who were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal back in December, will make the trip to north London looking to deny the Gunners a chance of making it into the UEFA Europa Conference League.
Arsenal must beat Potter’s side and hope that both Tottenham Hotspur and Everton fail to win to secure themselves seventh spot and a route into Europe for next season.
Brighton will make the trip to the Emirates Stadium brimming with confidence after Tuesday evening’s stunning comeback victory against Manchester City at the AMEX Stadium. The Seagulls battled back from 2-0 down to record a 3-2 win, with centre-back Dan Burn netting the all-important winner.
But while Brighton will have every right to be feeling confident when locking horns with Mikel Arteta’s men, they will be without some key personnel, certainly at the top end of the pitch. That is because former Gunners striker Welbeck will miss out through injury, joining the suspended Neal Maupay in being unavailable for selection.
Welbeck was forced off after just 29 minutes against City on Tuesday evening with a hamstring injury and will miss out against his old club.
As well as Welbeck joining Maupay on the list of absentees, Dutch duo Veltman and Propper will also play no part against the Gunners.
Potter said: “Danny Welbeck, Davy Propper and Joel Veltman will miss out against Arsenal. We’ve got Lewis Dunk back from suspension though.”
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Welbeck is a fresh injury blow for Potter to deal with, while Propper and Veltman have missed the last two and three games, respectively, meaning their absences won’t be fresh.
On a positive note, however, the return of Dunk from suspension will be key to Brighton’s chances of looking to extend their unbeaten run to three matches.
Dunk has missed the last two games through suspension after being sent-off in the 2-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers almost a fortnight ago.