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Arsenal: Arteta must ditch Tierney vs Brighton

Arsenal take on Brighton and Hove Albion tonight in the Premier League as they aim to carry on the momentum from a 3-1 victory over West Ham United on Boxing Day.

Mikel Arteta’s men came back from a goal down to produce a stunning second-half performance to claim all three points and the Spaniard will be hoping to end 2022 with a bang this evening.

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The vast majority of the starting XI performed well against West Ham, with Martin Odegaard the standout. He made five key passes, registered two assists, and won six of his ten duels throughout the tie.

Arteta must ruthlessly ditch left-back Kieran Tierney ahead of this evening’s match, however, with the Scot putting in a disappointing performance against the Hammers.

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The £110k-per-week ace didn’t have one of his finer matches despite Arsenal winning, losing possession 15 times, making just one interception, and having a pass success rate of only 76% during his 73-minute spell on the pitch.

His average Sofascore rating was 6.6/10 and was the joint lowest out of the Arsenal starting line-up and Arteta will need to shuffle his pack against Brighton.

Tierney – dubbed a “great leader” by commentator Scott McDonald – failed to deliver an accurate cross or long ball during the match either, and with Oleksandr Zinchenko replacing him with just under 20 minutes left, the Ukrainian should be in prime position to start tonight.

The former Manchester City player has played just eight league matches due to injury this term, yet his qualities, both attacking and defensive, make him a better fit to feature from the start against Brighton.

Gong forwards, he has registered an assist, created a big chance, made 0.5 key passes per game, and succeeded with 67% of his dribble attempts.

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Defensively, the 26-year-old has made 1.9 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, and 1.0 clearances while winning 3.6 duels per match – at a success rate of 60% and Arteta should consider dropping Tierney for Zinchenko.

It will be a tough match on the South Coast, and with Brighton beating Arsenal in the Carabao Cup last month, Arteta will know all about the threat the side poses, and claiming another three points in the league could be vital heading into a busy January.