Arsenal will start with Alessia Russo and Stina Blackstenius together for the first time for this afternoon’s trip to Brighton in the WSL. Lia Walti returns to the bench after missing the last two games with injury, as does Laia Codina who has missed the last three.
Manu Zinsberger starts in goal with a back four of Noelle Maritz, Amanda Ilestedt, Lotte Wubben-Moy and Katie McCabe. Victoria Pelova and Kyra Cooney-Cross continue as the midfield double pivot with Alessia Russo ahead of them.
Upfront, Beth Mead makes her first WSL start in almost exactly one year and will play on the right, with Caitlin Foord on the left and Stina Blackstenius upfront. Sabrina D’Angelo was a late withdrawal from the squad so Naomi Williams is on the bench.
1.Zinsberger; 16.Maritz, 28.Ilestedt, 3.Wubben-Moy, 15.McCabe(c); 32.Cooney-Cross, 21.Pelova; 9.Mead, 23.Russo, 19.Foord; 25.Blackstenius.
Subs: 7.Catley, 12.Maanum, 13.Walti, 17.Hurtig, 22.Kuhl, 24.Lacasse, 27.Codina, 40.Williams.