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Brighton face a major dilemma ahead of Arsenal match as they could be without three key players. 

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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Roberto De Zerbi, Manager of Brighton & Hove Albion reacts during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Friends Provident St. Mary's Stadium on December 26, 2022 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Brighton have been without long-term absentee Jakub Moder for months but Adam Webster and Danny Welbeck have been on the sidelines recently as well, and now the Albion have another concern.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Moises Caicedo of Brighton & Hove Albion clashes with Che Adams of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Friends Provident St. Mary’s Stadium on December 26, 2022 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
 Moises Caicedo of Brighton & Hove Albion will miss the Arsenal match (Image: Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images) 

The Albion were unable to call upon the injured Adam Webster and Danny Welbeck for the Saints clash on Boxing Day at St Mary’s and now Moises Caicedo will miss the Gunners game on December 31 due to suspension.

The 21-year-old had four yellow cards going into the Southampton encounter and after picking up a booking for a foul on Sekou Mara, he will serve a one-match ban after registering his fifth caution of the campaign within the first 19 matches.

After the win over Saints, the Italian head coach vented his frustration at the Caicedo incident.

“I am happy because we won the game and we played very well. I’m angry only for the yellow card for Moises Caicedo because he can’t play [in the next game]. But for my players in terms of quality of play I am very happy,” De Zerbi told Amazon Prime after the game.

Incidentally, Zerbi would not be able to call upon the service of the world cup winners Alexis Mac Allister as he’s not expected to be back until Jan 3rd. He has been a standout performer for the Seagulls so far this season, scoring five goals in 14 Premier League appearances.

Mac Allister is the first-ever Brighton player to start in a World Cup final and he is also the first Seagulls star to get his hands on the most prestigious prize in football. (Photo: Getty Images)

It remains to be seen if Welbeck  will be fit to take on Mikel Arteta’s men after missing the last match due to injury.

Danny Welbeck  celebrates with teammates after scoring their team’s first goal from the penalty spot during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Brighton. (Photo: Getty Images)

Speaking on Friday ahead of the Southampton fixture, the 43-year-old said:

Adam Webster and Danny Welbeck are unable to play on Monday. Welbeck, maybe against Arsenal, but I’m unsure for Webster,” said De Zerbi.

Webster seems a doubt to make the Arsenal game but Welbeck could be involved in some capacity – although it may be prudent to give him more time to recover from his injury. While Jakub Moder (ACL) is still out.

 

 

 

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