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PREVIEW: ALBION V ARSENAL

2 March 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Albion welcome Arsenal to the Amex Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Brighton & Hove Albion play their third home match in as many weeks - when they welcome Arsenal in a Premier League fixture at the Amex Stadium this Sunday, kick-off 1.30pm.

Albion will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run to seven games in all competitions, and move further clear of the relegation zone after last week’s convincing 4-1 victory over Swansea City.

Chris Hughton’s side currently sit 12th in the table and four points above the bottom three, with 31 points from their 28 games.

The Gunners occupy sixth place and will be targeting all three points to reignite their fading chances of a top-four finish.

TEAM NEWS:

Hughton revealed that Jiri Skalak has returned to training after being ruled out with an ankle injury, while Steve Sidwell remains unavailable (back and ankle). Otherwise the manager has a  fully-fit squad to choose from.

Nacho Monreal will miss Sunday's game after being forced off injured with a back problem in the Carabao Cup Final defeat to Manchester City last Sunday. Alexandre Lacazette is also ruled out with a knee injury.

REVERSE FIXTURE:

Lewis Dunk in action against Arsenal

Albion succumbed to their fourth league defeat of the season at the Emirates back in October, as goals from Monreal and Alex Iwobi gave Arsenal a 2-0 win in north London.

Monreal gave Arsene Wenger’s side the lead after 17 minutes with a close-range strike, before Iwobi fired home a second with 56 minutes gone from an audacious back-heeled assist from Alexis Sanchez.

Despite the result, Albion showed plenty of endeavour, with both Solly March and Davy Propper having good chances in the match.

FORM:

ALBION: The Seagulls have taken eight points from their last four Premier League games -– a run which started with a 1-1 draw away at relegation rivals Southampton on 31st January, before a 3-1 victory over West Ham United and a dramatic 1-1 draw away at Stoke City.

Albion then scored four goals for the first time this season, as Swansea were beaten 4-1 at the Amex last week, thanks to Glenn Murray’s brace and a goal each from Anthony Knockaert and Jurgen Locadia.

Alongside their impressive league form, Hughton’s men also claimed their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals with a comfortable 3-1 win over Coventry City.

Brighton are now unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions, following the 4-0 defeat to Chelsea on 20th January.

ARSENAL: The Gunners head into Sunday’s game after consecutive 3-0 defeats to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup Final and in the league.

Arsenal were also beaten 2-1 by Swedish side Ostersunds FK in the Europa League Round of 32 second-leg tie at the Emirates, but their 3-0 first-leg victory in Sweden was enough to see the Gunners progress 4-2 on aggregate.

Preceding that 3-0 first-leg victory was a 1-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on 10th February, which came after a resounding 5-1 success over Everton at the Emirates a week previously.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION


ALBION 4
Murray 18 (pen), 69
Knockaert 73
Locadia 90

SWANSEA CITY 1
Dunk 85 (OG)

ALBION: Ryan; Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert (March 79), Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo; Gross (Kayal 90+1); Murray (Locadia 82).
 
SUBS NOT USED: Krul (GK), Bruno, Goldson, Ulloa.

LAST TIME OUT: ARSENAL

Albion in action against Manchester City

 
ARSENAL 0
 
MANCHESTER CITY 3
B Silva 15
D Silva 28
Sane 33
 
ARSENAL: Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Welbeck; Aubameyang.
 
SUBS NOT USED: Ospina (GK), Holding, Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Elneny, Nketiah, Iwobi.


PLAYER TO WATCH:  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The Gabon international joined Arsenal for a club-record £56 million fee from Borussia Dortmund in a January deadline day deal.
 
Aubameyang arrived in north London with a superb goalscoring record for Dortmund, after finding the net 141 times in 213 games, including 21 in 24 matches this season.
 
He scored on his debut in the emphatic 5-1 victory over Everton at the Emirates on 3rd February, but has yet to add to that tally after featuring in the derby day defeat to Tottenham and both of the 3-0 losses to Manchester City.
 
Aubameyang is expected to lead the line for the Gunners again on Sunday and will be eager to add to his solitary Premier League goal to date on the south coast.

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Match Reports

REPORT: ALBION 2 ARSENAL 1

4 March 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Glenn Murray doubles Albion's lead.
  • Lewis Dunk heads Albion ahead
  • Glenn Murray scores fifth goal in as many top flight matches
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores for Arsenal
  • Seagulls into top half of the Premier League 

Brighton & Hove Albion climbed to tenth in the Premier League table after a superb 2-1 win against Arsenal at the Amex Stadium.

First-half goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray were enough for the Seagulls to claim their third successive home win in the top flight and move the Seagulls into the top half of the table. It was also the Albion's first win over the Gunners since 1982. 

Chris Hughton named the same side that defeated Swansea City 4-1 eight days ago while Arsene Wenger made three changes to the Arsenal team that fell to a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Thursday, with Jack Wilshere, Callum Chambers and Alex Iwobi all recalled. 

Mesut Ozil curled over from the right-hand side of the area with four minutes on the clock as he fashioned the game’s first chance before Albion responded. Ezequiel Schelotto got to the byline and won Albion their first corner of the game but Shkodran Mustafi hooked the defender’s cross behind.

Albion took the lead from the resulting set-piece, as Dunk notched his first goal of the campaign. 

Pascal Gross delivered the corner from the left-hand side, Shane Duffy beat goalkeeper Petr Cech to the ball and headed back across goal, leaving Dunk on hand to volley his knockdown into the net and hand the hosts an early advantage.

The Seagulls were visibly lifted and they countered well again soon after as Gross drew Cech into a smart stop down to his right-hand side, before Jose Izquierdo cut inside and saw a fierce drive deflected over – Dunk heading the subsequent set-piece over the bar after he found space inside the visiting area once more.

Anthony Knockaert forced Iwobi into surrendering possession before the Frenchman exchanged passes with the ever-influential Gross – but Cech blocked the winger's shot from close range and Duffy headed another corner over the bar after 23 minutes.

But Albion would soon have the two-goal lead their fantastic first-half showing deserved with 26 minutes on the clock – as Murray scored his fifth goal in as many Premier League matches.

Gross was once again the architect when his pinpoint cross found the in-form striker who made no mistake, heading past Cech and into the net. 

Maty Ryan was alert to parry Henrik Mkhitaryan’s powerful cross behind at his near post in a rare foray forward from the visitors, before Wilshere scythed down Knockaert as Albion looked to counter and he went into referee Stuart Attwell’s notebook. 

Arsenal got back into the game five minutes before the break when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turned home Granit Xhaka’s low ball into the area, before Laurent Koscielny headed against the post just before the break as the Gunners finished the half strongly.

The second half began cagily with the first meaningful action coming when Xhaka’s foul on Gaetan Bong earned the Swiss midfielder a yellow card on 54 minutes.

Cech had to be on his toes to turn Schelotto’s cross over from the right, and Knockaert then volleyed over from the corner as Albion fashioned their first chance of the half. 

Ryan parried Ozil’s shot away from danger as the visitors enjoyed a spell of pressure before the hour mark, but Hughton’s men withstood a succession of crosses and stood firm in their final third.

Sead Kolasinac’s heavy challenge on Schelotto drew a stoppage in play as the Arsenal defender crashed into the Seagulls’ full-back. Despite already being on a yellow card, the defender escaped a caution but the Albion right-back fared much worse and was forced to leave the field of play after lengthy treatment, to be replaced by Bruno.

Izquierdo got the home fans on their feet when he fizzed an effort narrowly wide of Cech’s right-hand post, then Knockaert was replaced by Solly March in the hosts’ second change as the game entered its final ten minutes. 

Murray had the ball in the back of the net on 83 minutes after a free-flowing move from the Seagulls – but the flag was up for offside, and Beram Kayal then came on in place of Gross with five minutes left on the clock.

Albion had to negotiate seven minutes of stoppage time but did so intelligently, getting men behind the ball when Arsenal threatened and restricting them to one sight of goal – a shot by substitute Eddie Nketiah which Ryan saved.

By then most of the 30,620 crowd were on their feet willing the final whistle to blow, which was greeted with a massive roar. It was Albion’s first win over a top-six side this season and will give them a massive boost in confidence for the remaining games. 

Albion line-up: Ryan; Schelotto (sub: Bruno 69), Dunk ©, Duffy, Bong; Knockaert (March 77), Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo; Gross (Kayal 86); Murray.

Subs not used: Krul, Goldson, Ulloa, Locadia.

Arsenal line-up: Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny ©, Chambers (sub: Bellerin 83), Kolasnic, Xhaka, Wilshere, Mkhitaryan (Nketiah 83), Ozil, Iwobi (Welbeck 74), Aubameyang. 

Subs not used: Ospina, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Elneny. 

Man of the match: Lewis Dunk

LOTTERY RESULTS

1ST PRIZE £1000 126608
2ND PRIZE       126804
3RD PRIZE       125390
4TH PRIZE       128056
5TH PRIZE       129750

ALBION HAT TRICK

1ST £600 1821
2ND £50  1797
3RD £25  3371

1ST GOAL TIME 7 MINS

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Ticket News

TRAIN DISRUPTION ON SUNDAY

2 March 2018

Paul Hazlewood

Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal supporters travelling by train for the Premier League match at the Amex on Sunday are advised that a bus replacement service will be in operation between Redhill and Three Bridges pre-and-post-match, due to engineering works on the London to Brighton line.

Supporters intending intending to use this mode of transport can expect delays, and are advised to make alternative transport arrangements where possible.

Southern have also informed us they are providing a full match day service between Brighton and Lewes. (Please see details of the club's free travel scheme on the travel guide)
 
The three park and ride sites at Mill Road, the University of Brighton at Lewes Road, and Brighton Racecourse will be open from 10.30am, and are free to use on production of a match ticket or an Albion season ticket.

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