SHKODRAN MUSTAFI has been axed by Freddie Ljungberg for Arsenal’s game with Brighton despite not being injured.
The 27-year-old played 90 minutes in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Norwich but has been completely cut from the squad by the Gunners’ temporary boss.
Young midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has also dropped to the bench as the Swede makes changes from the visit to Carrow Road.
Lucas Torreira has come in to replace Guendouzi.
And Sokratis has slotted in to the back line to replace Mustafi alongside David Luiz.
Ljungberg leads his side at the Emirates for the first time tonight for the Seagulls clash.
And striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says the only thing the Arsenal legend has done is lift the gloom from the Unai Emery regime.
In a message to the Gunners fans in the matchday programme, the striker said: “He’s been very clear on what he wants us to change and improve.
“His message is clear – a happy player is a player who has fun on the pitch. He wants us to enjoy our football again.
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“He wants us to play great football, to enjoy ourselves so you can enjoy yourselves watching us and supporting us.
“He has a lot of energy and we can feel it. Even if he has not been the manager for long, we have a lot of respect for him.”
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