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Arsenal train before facing Brighton

Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere in training before the Brighton game

We return to Premier League action when visiting Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday afternoon - and the first-team squad trained for the final time ahead of the Premier League match on Saturday.

Our club photographer was there too, and took these pictures.

 

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Brighton v Arsenal: The Brief

After a deflating few days, our confidence levels - to borrow Arsene Wenger's analogy - have "gone down in the lift". Now it is time to start climbing the stairs again as we look to breathe life back into our season.

It will not be easy at the Amex Stadium on Sunday. Our away form requires improvement, to put it mildly, and we are facing a Seagulls side that have four wins and two draws from their last six games in all competitions.

But we need to look at this weekend's match as an opportunity, a chance to prove a point about the character and desire in the squad. Three points on the south coast may not have much impact on our league position right now, but it would be a big step forward - especially with a trip to Milan on the near horizon.

Read on for our comprehensive pre-match briefing. We’ve got classic goals against Man City, team news, an exclusive chat with the manager, match facts, graphics and a chance to have your say.

Wenger on how we rebuild confidence…

"First of all by analysing everything in an objective way.The game [against Man City] was not all negatives - there were a lot of positives in that game. The size of the score, it’s always tempting to think it was all rubbish, which was not the case. You have to take perspective, sit back, look at the whole picture and analyse really where we were poor and where we were strong, and insist on the strong points and get rid of the weak points that we have shown."

 

Arsene Wenger on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsene Wenger on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang


TEAM NEWS

Arsenal: Cazorla (calf), Monreal (back), Lacazette (knee), Wilshere (ankle - doubt)

Brighton: Skalak (ankle - doubt), Brown (knee), Sidwell (back)

THE OPPOSITION

Michael Cox:

“Brighton are in good form: four wins and two away draws from their last six matches in league and cup. But their defensive organisation is the standout feature of their side - they get 10 men behind the ball very quickly to protect the backline, which is the primary reason why only the current top seven have conceded fewer goals."


THE LAST WORD

Wenger on finishing the season strongly...

"[Our top-four hopes are small, very small. But the way we have to think about that is not too much how big they are - for our pride and for our confidence, for our future as a team, even in the Europa League, you want to win the games."

Matchday Show: Brighton & Hove Albion (a)

Matchday Show: Brighton & Hove Albion (a)

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Important supporter information for Brighton (a)

Amex Stadium general view

Fans travelling to Sunday’s Premier League game at Brighton & Hove Albion by train will be subjected to delays.

Southern Rail and ThamesLink/Govia have a bus replacement service running between Redhill and Three Bridges, which will add around 45 minutes to the journey both before and after the match.

Please plan your journeys accordingly. 

Arsenal for Everyone

We want to ask you to get behind the team again at Brighton and to remind all travelling fans that homophobic and discriminatory chanting of all kinds is offensive and will not be tolerated. It’s not "banter", in the same way that racism or any other discrimination isn't banter, and it’s offensive to home and away supporters alike. If you witness any form of homophobic or discriminatory chanting at the match, please report it to the nearest matchday steward.

Thanks for your support.

The Breakdown

The Breakdown: Brighton v Arsenal preview

Alex Iwobi in action against Brighton

We’re back in Premier League action on Sunday when we take on Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium.

Ahead of the game, tactical expert Michael Cox examines our opponents in more detail.

THE MANAGER

Chris Hughton has a habit of causing Arsenal problems, having taken both Norwich and Newcastle to wins over the Gunners in previous seasons. Hughton remains one of the most popular managers in England, and is excellent at organising his side in a solid defensive shape, usually in two banks of four.

FORMATION

Hughton always favours two banks of four, with the wide players providing a counter-attacking threat. Anthony Knockaert should play from the right, while Jose Izquierdo offers a long-range goalscoring threat from the right. The defensive section is combined with a clever No 10, in Pascal Gross, and Glenn Murray, who has enjoyed a good campaign as an old-school penalty-box poacher.

STRENGTHS

First and foremost, Brighton are in good form: four wins and two away draws from their last six matches in league and cup. But their defensive organisation is the standout feature of their side – they get 10 men behind the ball very quickly to protect the backline, which is the primary reason why only the current top seven have conceded fewer goals.

DANGERMAN

Gross has enjoyed an excellent first Premier League campaign. An attacking midfielder who plays between the lines and concentrates on playing killer passes, he’s unquestionably Brighton’s major creative threat. He’s also an excellent set-piece taker, and the Seagulls might depend upon this route for goals.

AREAS TO TARGET

Brighton centre-back Lewis Dunk has the unfortunate record of scoring no fewer than four own goals already this season. An otherwise impressive defender who has enjoyed a good Premier League campaign, he’s clearly prone to mistakes.

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'Brighton have worked in a very intelligent way'

Monreal scores v Brighton

Installed as pre-season favourites for relegation, Brighton & Hove Albion have impressed many with the way they have performed this term.

Chris Hughton's side are 12th in the Premier League ahead of Sunday's game at the Amex Stadium, and Arsene Wenger revealed what has impressed him most about them.

"The fact they play good football," the Arsenal manager said. "They have a team who play quality [football] collectively. When they had a bad patch during the season, they stayed together and focused and made some surprising results.

"They have worked in a very intelligent way. They fought for many years in the Championship to come up, and a few times just missed that by a very little margin.

"They kept their philosophy, they continued to work in a rational way and, overall now that they’re up there, I believe that they will stay in the league this season and why not? They have the structure to stay for longer."

We are unbeaten in 34 Premier League games against newly-promoted sides, but Wenger says those that do come up are better prepared than ever before.

"They are tougher, they have bigger squads [now]," he said. "The television money has given huge potential to these teams to compete on the European side, out of England they can compete and get the best players, apart from the top three or four, in every league.

"Every team who is in the second part of the Premier League table can buy the players everywhere, so when I go down sometimes to these teams, the best indication is who is sitting on the bench. You see that even in the teams in the second part of the table, you have six international players."

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'Our experience has to help us to stay together'

It has certainly been a difficult week for Arsene Wenger, his players and everyone connected with Arsenal.

Successive defeats to Manchester City have dented confidence, but the boss says the team must show their fighting spirit at Brighton on Sunday.

"[Our past two results] have taken out confidence and brought big disappointment," Wenger said. "In football, as I said yesterday, you lose confidence very quickly and you regain it very slowly.

"You have to always show that kind of strength not to give in. In organisations when big kinds of disappointments come, they divide and they split. Our experience has to help us to stay together and focus on the next games.

"Of course [we have a point to prove] - you quickly want to gain confidence back, because we play at Brighton and after that, we play straight away in the Europa League. They are difficult games and you want to respond as quickly as possible."

Our form on the road has been problematic this season, and Wenger admits he is worried about it.

"I’m concerned because traditionally it was our strong point, away from home," he said. "This season, we have not produced the results that we usually produce.

"It is a concern, of course, but we are in a position where we don’t have to think too much - we have just on the day to turn up and win the game."

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Wenger - I'm always ready for the fight

There’s no escaping the fact that it’s been a difficult few days for everyone connected with the club.

Successive defeats to Manchester City have dented confidence but, ahead of Sunday's trip to Brighton, Arsene Wenger is determined to deliver an improvement in our away form.

"Yes, certainly yes [there's an issue with our form on the road]. That’s down to us to change it," he said.

"I’m always ready for a fight. I’m of course very disappointed but I’ve experienced these situations before.

"I’ve faced difficult situations in my life and [experience] helps to deal with that. [It is down to] experience and a desire to change things, and to continue to help the team."

We will face AC Milan in the last-16 of the Europa League four days after our trip to Brighton, so how will that affect our team selection?

"The game after always has an input, and you always have that in your mind when you play so many games one after another," Wenger said.

"But I think we are in a situation where we first have to try to win the next game rather than make these calculations."

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Matchday Show: Brighton & Hove Albion (a)

We're back in Premier League action when we travel to Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday - and you can follow the match LIVE on Arsenal.com.

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