At this stage of the Premier League season, injuries will take their toll. Already Arsenal have been unfortunate in a number of departments, losing important players in key areas, although the absence of a trio for the Chelsea win was due to sources beyond their control.
Willian and David Luiz both sat out due to illness, with the pair suffering from COVID-19 symptoms and being exempt from the squad as a precaution. They’ve tested negative, but the proper protocols were made to ensure they were safe. Both should be available for Tuesday.
In central defence, Gabriel Magalhaes was forced to sit out and will continue to do so for the next few games after coming into contract with someone who had tested positive for the coronavirus. He has not contracted the virus, but must now self-isolate.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is fit and able after making the substitutes bench on Boxing Day. Arteta included him as a Plan B option, one he would have been pleased not to call upon, thus he could start on the south coast.
Thomas Partey edges nearer, getting closer to returning to full first team training. It’s touch and go but he likely won’t be available for the Brighton clash.
In order to keep legs fresh, Arteta could ring some changes as there will be another short turnover before Arsenal play again, making the trip north to face West Brom on January 2.
As for Potter’s side, Florin Andone and Jose Izquierdo are long-term injury absentees, although entertaining full-back Tariq Lamptey is expected to return from a hamstring injury after sitting out the West Ham clash.