Arsenal take on Brighton this afternoon in our final home game of the 2018-19 season.

This is the team Unai Emery has selected to do the job today.

Arsenal: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Mustafi, Monreal, Xhaka, Torreira, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette

Subs: Cech, Koscielny, Kolasinac, Elneny, Guendouzi, Iwobi, Nkeitah

Brighton: Ryan, Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo, Stephens, Bissouma, Gross, Jahanbakhsh, Murray, March

Subs: Button, Bong, Balogun, Kayal, Knockaert, Locadia, Andone

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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Russ
Russ

Yup, like the team!

Why not
Why not

Yup

Jack
Jack

‘Lichsteiner is an absolutely catastrophic player’. Direct quote from Emery

my name is bob
my name is bob

Don’t be too mean mate, he’s won more league titles than every player in our squad combined. Yes, he isn’t a fantastic player anymore, but no need to be disrespectful.

Leon
Leon

He is right though – a real bad player.
But then again he is not alone there.
Only Aubameyang can rightly say he has done his job this season..
Arsenal are an awful team…

LeeScratchPerryGroves
LeeScratchPerryGroves

Good. Hopefully get a couple early, then make some changes to rest players for Thursday. That’s me being optimistic, of course. I’ll try and forget I wrote this if we’re one down after 70 minutes!
COYG

shokim
shokim

Lichsteiner and Mustafi. Our opponents must be rubbing their hands in glee 😠

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Lichsteiner AND Mustafi… Oh boy, hold on to your seats fellas….

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Lets not be negative yet. I am sure our defenders are better than theirs and our strikers certainly are better than theirs! COYG

Goonerink

i get the want to be positive.
but SL showed in his previous games he isnt upto the pace of the prem.
that was with a run of games to build match fitness…

not sure what jenkinson has done wrong in his outings and id say brighton are perhaps around his level, injured?

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

Jenkinson was truly awful in his last outing, it’s gonna be hard for Lichtsteiner to be any worse.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

I suppose I can be negative now 🙁

yen
yen

Stronger than I expected, but with 4 games left & situation we’re in, no space to mess around.

Let’s win this and then hope for a proper Vardy Party + Theo masterclass!

yen
yen

Also, I’ve only just (and I know I’m very late to this) found out how BIG the gap between the TOP 2 and the TOP3–6 actually is.

That’s completely absurd. Us, Spurs, United, Chelsea – all absolute bottlers.

Indyarsenal
Indyarsenal

So if Arsenal and chelski finish 4th and 5th in league and both make Europa final. Are both teams guaranteed champions league ?

Richie

That’s Chelsea with a +4 goal difference over us now. We really need to match their 3-0 today.

yen
yen

Auba tripple hattrick just to make sure he nicks the Golden Boot as well.

Tommy Gunner
Tommy Gunner

Agreed – the league is not lost yet, and we can’t think that it is (even though I personally think that it is!)

If we can get level with Chelsea on goal difference, then needing to lose becomes them needing to draw on the final day! COYG

Randy
Randy

Back 4 is a disaster waiting to happen.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

At least United won’t be getting top 4 🙂

Goonerhero
Goonerhero

We win and at least it goes to the last day. We have faith in Everton at home, no?

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

We can actually still finish 3rd believe it or not

Not likely but still possible

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Everton are away from home, no?

Goonerhero
Goonerhero

Yeah correct. My bad. I still have hope Sp*rs can go all sp*rsy.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Well they are so far….:-)

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Yeah best result SO far anonymarse lol glad to see that lot out of the running 👍

Hantal
Hantal

Surprised Kos is on the bench, I’d have expected a proper rest for him today.
Hoping for a bit of mkhi Ozil magic today

Tommy Gunner
Tommy Gunner

Sitting on the bench vs sitting in his executive box – not sure there’s much in it if i’m honest! At least this way we can call upon him if we absolutely have to!

Hantal
Hantal

Psychological prep and warmups etc vs just watching the game

Shank

Just being hopeful to ask this……. if we come 5th and Chelsea 4th…… and Chelsea win europa….. do we sneak into CL?

Richie

No

Hantal
Hantal

No, it goes to france

Dusko
Dusko

I am sorry but such a horrible style of play must be on the Manager. These players are capable of much better performance.

SB Still
SB Still

Mother fuckers. Make a fairly straightforward match into fucking dog fight!

Dusko
Dusko

When you protect 1:0 with Brighton at home by wasting time and passing back words for 70 minutes.

Leon
Leon

If we go out on Thursday to Valencia will Emery do us all a favour and leave?
If improvement over last season is anything to go by he should leave…

Richie

I would give Thomas Tuchel a go.

Leon
Leon

I would give Barney the Dinosaur a go.
Anything is better than Emery.
I really want this season to be done and dusted.
And most of all I want Emery to fuck off as soon as possible.
Just do the decent thing and walk away…

Tony Hall
Tony Hall

Yes because we did so well the last couple of years under the gaffer didn’t we. You seem to think a new manager can come in and turn things around in one season ? How did it take Klopp to get Liverpool to where they are today ? Either show some patience or go support another club …
I don’t like how we are doing any more than you but Rome was not built in a day !

Leon
Leon

Improvement is what a new manager should be judged over.
Tell me what has improved since Emery’s appointment?
I cannot think of anything that has improved and the table will prove me correct.
There is no time for patience – you deliver or you get left behind because Liverpool, City and anyone else will NOT wait around for us to catch up.
Emery is the worst managerial decision Arsenal could have made and the only reason the cretin was employed was because he was a free agent and cheap.
Cheap cheap cheap.
A false economy there…

SB Still
SB Still

There are a number of other players who should been long gone but have been protected by the transfer window!

Its painful watching us these days.

Leon
Leon

And another season of failure comes to a disappointing end.
This season has been worse than last – at least we KNEW Wenger was leaving…
Emery will just hang on, collecting his ridiculous salary and fail miserably…

JeremyDG
JeremyDG

hes fucking useless. This bunch of failures are winning nothing

Leon
Leon

Some idiot must be happy with this season.
Been great ain’t it?
Really – why do you support a club when you are happy to see them fail like this…

sambo
sambo

Xhaka has cost us almost 20 points this season ALONE, from his individual mistakes.

PEA
PEA

Mustafi, just sell him already. A total liability

laudgunner
laudgunner

Xhaka,i really HATE you.

Richie

I was watching without sound – please tell me the players were absolutely booed of the pitch after that performance?

Dave Cee
Dave Cee

So to join theshitfest..pakace and brighton at hime. I don,t care the spelling. What a shit team

Leon
Leon

This is what Emery said on Sky Sports “”We deserved to win. We are very defensively very strong and we had chances to score first half, and in the second half we didn’t take our chances but they defended very well. I have to congratulate them for the way the worked.” This is what we are dealing with – the first ten words sums up perfectly why Arsenal are in decline. I fucking hate Emery…