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PREVIEW: ARSENAL V ALBION

29 September 2017

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Alexandre Lacazette and Solly March celebrating goals.

Brighton & Hove Albion make their first visit to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, when they come up against Arsenal live on BT Sport, kick-off 12pm.



Chris Hughton’s team head into the lunchtime kick-off after beating Newcastle United 1-0 at the Amex last Sunday, while the Gunners also picked up three points with a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.

Albion’s victory moved them up to 13th position, three points behind this weekend’s opponents, who currently occupy seventh spot in the Premier League [before Saturday’s fixtures].



The Seagulls will make their debut at Arsenal’s newest home, while Arsene Wenger’s side have visited the Amex twice in recent years, winning 3-2 on both occasions in the FA Cup.



Striker Tomer Hemed will be missing for Sunday’s clash, following the three-game ban that was handed to him by the FA for an incident in Albion’s narrow win against the Magpies.



Glenn Murray is back in training and Hughton hopes he will be involved at the weekend. Izzy Brown is back in contention and could make a return from a hamstring problem. Sam Baldock is also back in training, but is still ruled out for Sunday's game.

For Arsenal, German playmaker Mesut Ozil could return to the starting line-up after making a second-half substitute appearance against West Brom last week.



Danny Welbeck (groin), Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are all expected to miss the match through injury, with Calum Chambers (hip) also sidelined.

FORM:

ALBION: The Seagulls head into Sunday’s game in confident mood, after keeping their second clean sheet in the Premier League and securing another victory thanks to Hemed’s second-half strike against Newcastle.



Hughton’s men had previously lost back-to-back games against Bournemouth in both league and cup competitions, which included Solly March’s first Premier League goal in a 2-1 defeat at the Vitality Stadium.

Albion’s first league victory came against the Baggies at the Amex, and it was Gross that notched the club’s first-ever Premier League goal, before the German and Hemed added further goals in a 3-1 win.



A first Premier League point was gained in a 0-0 draw against Watford at Vicarage Road, following back-to-back 2-0 defeats to Manchester City and Leicester City at the start of the season.



ARSENAL: The Gunners have a 100-per-cent record at the Emirates Stadium this season, most recently sealing a comfortable 2-0 win over the Baggies, who Albion have also beaten.



Wenger’s team picked up their first away point in the Premier League with a hard-earned goalless draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, which followed a resounding 3-0 home win against Bournemouth.

Defeats came in Arsenal’s opening away fixtures against Stoke City and Liverpool, as the Potters recorded a 1-0 win before Jurgen Klopp’s team sealed an emphatic 4-0 victory.

After beating Chelsea on penalties in the Community Shield at Wembley, Arsenal’s Premier League campaign started with an entertaining 4-3 home triumph against Leicester City on the opening night of the season.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION



ALBION 1
Hemed 51

NEWCASTLE UNITED 0

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner; Knockaert (Murphy 81), Stephens, Propper, March; Gross; Hemed.

Subs not used: Krul (GK), Huenemeier, Izquierdo, Schelotto, Rosenior, Brown.



LAST TIME OUT: ARSENAL







ARSENAL 2
Lacazette 20, 67 pen

WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0



Arsenal line-up: Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Kolasinac, Elneny, Xhaka; Sanchez (Ozil 83), Ramsey (Maitland-Niles 90+3); Lacazette (Giroud 83).



Subs not used: Ospina (GK), Mertesacker, Wilshere, Walcott.




PLAYER TO WATCH: Alexandre Lacazette



After arriving from Lyon this summer, the striker has made a solid start to his Arsenal career, scoring four goals in his opening six games for the north London club.



Lacazette has showed early signs of his pace to get in behind opposition defences, as well as his clinical finishing, as he scored both goals in Arsenal’s most recent victory at the Emirates Stadium.

The forward scored 129 goals in 275 appearances for Lyon, and has worked his way through the international age groups to make 13 appearances for France.



Albion’s defence will need to put an end to Lacazette’s impressive form at the Emirates Stadium, as he became the first Arsenal player to score in his first three home league games since 1988.

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Match Reports

REPORT: ARSENAL 2 ALBION 0

1 October 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Lewis Dunk fires at goal from distance at the Emirates Stadium.
  • Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi on target for Arsenal 
  • Solly March hits the post with a strike from distance
  • Albion sit 14th in the Premier League table
  • The Seagulls are next in action at home to Everton on 15th October

Brighton & Hove Albion succumbed to their fourth defeat of the season after losing 2-0 to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Goals from Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi proved to be the difference on the day, but Albion could reflect on a brave performance in North London.

The Seagulls showed plenty of ambition in a bid to claim something from the game, with Solly March and Davy Propper both going close, but the Gunners’ extra quality ultimately told.

Chris Hughton made three changes to the side that beat Newcastle United last week. Jose Izquierdo made his full debut while Izzy Brown and Gaetan Bong also started the match.

Arsenal created their first opening inside the second minute when Alexandre Lacazette saw his half volley crash against the post.

The hosts took 17 minutes to break the deadlock through Monreal. The Spaniard fired home the loose ball during a goalmouth scramble after Shane Duffy had cleared off the line.

Despite Arsenal’s early dominance, March came within inches of restoring parity midway through the first half from a brilliantly-worked free kick when his ferocious left-footed shot hit the post before Lewis Dunk fired wide from the follow-up.

The Gunners threatened again when Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez both found themselves bearing down in front of goal, but the former elected to shoot instead of passing to his Chilean teammate, and goalkeeper Mathew Ryan made a comfortable save.

The Gunners launched a blistering counter-attack from an Albion corner, instigated by Sanchez and ending in a fine save by Ryan with his feet to deny Aaron Ramsey from close range.

Hughton’s men still had chances though and after some good link-up play involving Izquierdo and Bong, Davy Propper fired over from inside the box.

The Gunners had the first chance after the break through Lacazette, but Duffy was on hand to make a brave sliding block from inside the area.

Sanchez then found Ramsey on the edge of the box from a corner, however the Welsh international's effort went high and wide of the target.

The same combination almost created Arsenal’s second goal, but Duffy expertly cut out the Chilean’s lofted ball into the box and diverted it safely into Ryan’s grasp.

Dunk then strode forward into space and let fly from distance, only to see his tame strike saved by Petr Cech.

Arsenal showed their class just moments later to double their advantage with 56 minutes gone, as Iwobi clinically fired the ball home from Sanchez’s audacious back-heeled through ball.

The Chilean almost got his name onto the scoresheet when he was allowed to cut inside the area, but the feintest of deflections off Dunk sent the ball narrowly wide.

March was called into action from the subsequent corner when he headed Sead Kolasinac’s header off the line.

Hughton brought on Anthony Knockaert and Glenn Murray with 14 minutes to go in one last roll of the dice, and Murray headed agonisingly wide from Pascal Gross’s cross, as Arsenal held on to their clean sheet and all three points.

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Ticket News

TICKET TOUT WARNING REMINDER

28 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
The Amex Stadium

Brighton & Hove Albion are actively reminding fans that the best place to securely purchase tickets for home and away matches this season is at seagullstickets.com - and are warning against using unauthorised ticket re-sellers.
 
Supporters are reminded that valid tickets for Brighton and Hove Albion matches can only be purchased directly from the club, and for matches on general sale. For selected games, a small allocation may also be made available to purchase through Ticketmaster. These will be only ever be sold at face value.
 
This follows from the club’s statement back in August surrounding the issue, when tickets for the opening two away matches started to appear for re-sale on various unauthorised websites and on social media - after the club’s first two away matches in the Premier League were announced as sell-outs.
 
If you pay more than face value or have bought from a tout or an online ticket agency, your ticket will be invalid, and you are likely to be refused entry to the stadium or ejected.

Supporters are also advised that a number of these tickets have been blocked for tonight’s game against Crystal Palace and for Saturday’s game against Liverpool.

If you have any concerns about tickets you have purchased, please email supporter.services@bhafc.co.uk so that we can investigate the matter further.  
 
Since the start of the 2017/18 season, the club has seen nearly 250 supporters banned for ticket touting and at our most recent match against Newcastle United, nearly 100 supporters found themselves unable to enter the stadium having purchased invalid tickets from touts.
 
The unauthorised sale of football tickets is a criminal offence under UK law.
 
If you are looking to purchase tickets for Brighton & Hove Albion matches, it is strongly recommended that you purchase Bronze or Young Seagulls PLUS membership in order to give yourself a level of home ticket priority where you can buy face value tickets directly from seagullstickets.com.

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