Mikel Arteta explains decision to drop Nuno Tavares for Arsenal vs Brighton

Tavares was substituted at half-time against Crystal Palace

Tavares was pulled off at half-time against Crystal Palace (Image: Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta has fallen Nuno Tavares and appear to have tasked Granit Xhaka with filling in at left-back for Arsenal’s clash against Brighton on Saturday.

With first-choice left-back Kieran Tierney likely to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, Arteta opted to start Tavares against Crystal Palace on Monday night.

But the defender put on an error-strewn performance and was substituted at half-time as the Gunners lost 3-0 to Patrick Vieira’s side.

In his previous appearance for the north London side – against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup – Tavares was substituted just 35 minutes later.

Arteta has opted to drop the Portuguese off for Saturday’s clash against Brighton at the Emirates Stadium.

It looks like midfielder Granit Xhaka will play at left-back after the Swiss international previously filled the position.

Albert Sambi Lokonga comes in for the injured Thomas Partey in the middle of the park to work alongside Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard.

Gabriel Martinelli is in action on the left, Alexandre Lacazette in front and Bukayo Saka on the right.

The Gunners are hoping to bounce back from their loss to Palace and put Tottenham back under pressure in the race for the top four.

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