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PREVIEW: DUFFY RETURNS FOR SUSPENDED DUNK

24 December 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Shane Duffy in action for the Seagulls at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion continue the festive period with the visit of Arsenal on Boxing Day, kick-off 5.15pm, and Chris Hughton’s side will be looking to replicate their victory over the Gunners from last season.

The Seagulls overcame the north London club 2-1 at the Amex Stadium back in March, when goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray secured Albion’s first victory over one of the Premier League’s top six.

Albion have taken six points from their five games so far this month, but three consecutive defeats lead into Wednesday’s match at the Amex, most recently losing 2-0 at AFC Bournemouth over the weekend.

The Gunners strung together 22 unbeaten games before losing to Southampton at St Mary’s, but Unai Emery’s team bounced back with a 3-1 win against Burnley last time out.



TEAM NEWS

Hughton confirmed that Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Jose Izquierdo will miss Wednesday’s match at the Amex, while Lewis Dunk will serve his one-game suspension after being sent off against the Cherries.

Albion defender Shane Duffy will return to the side after serving his three-game suspension, and the Irishman is expected to slot in alongside Leon Balogun in the heart of defence.

Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi are all injury doubts for the Gunners, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding are all expected to miss the match.




FORM

The Seagulls opened December with back-to-back victories over Huddersfield Town and Crystal Palace, but three defeats have followed for Hughton’s men, who occupy 13th position in the league table.

Albion mounted an improved second-half performance against Chelsea at the Amex to halve the deficit, thanks to Solly March’s goal, but Maurizio Sarri’s side saw off pressure to deny the Seagulls from taking points.

Hughton’s side travelled to the Vitality Stadium in their last fixture, and a David Brooks double made the difference, either side of Dunk being sent off for two yellow cards.

The Gunners opened December with a memorable 4-2 win over local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, before a 2-2 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Emery’s side then sealed a narrow 1-0 victory over Huddersfield at the Emirates Stadium — but Southampton found the back of the net three times to win the game when Arsenal visited St Mary’s.

Aubameyang fired a brace and Alex Iwobi netted late on for the Gunners last time out, after Ashley Barnes had given the Clarets a glimmer of hope on their visit to north London.

LAST TIME WE MET

After going seven matches without taking a point against the Premier League’s top six, the Seagulls recorded a memorable 2-1 victory over Arsenal on the south coast.

Dunk fired home his first Premier League goal to put Albion ahead after just seven minutes, before Murray met Pascal Gross’s cross with a superb header to double the advantage.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled a goal back shortly before the break, but Albion were able to defend their one-goal lead in the second half to seal maximum points.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

AFC BOURNEMOUTH 2
Brooks 21, 77

ALBION 0

Albion line-up: Ryan; Montoya, Balogun, Dunk, Bernardo; March, Propper, Bissouma; Gross (Bong 76), Locadia (Knockaert 70), Andone (Murray 80).

Subs not used: Steele (GK) Bruno, Kayal, Stephens.




LAST TIME OUT: ARSENAL

ARSENAL 3
Aubameyang 14, 48
Iwobi 90+1

BURNLEY 1
Barnes 63

Arsenal line-up: Leno; Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Monreal (Lichtsteiner, 37), Kolasinac; Guendouzi, Elneny (Torreira 59), Xhaka; Ozil Lacazette (Iwobi 78), Aubameyang.

Subs not used: Cech (GK), Ramsey, Nketiah, Saka.




PLAYER TO WATCH: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The striker hit the ground running after signing for the Gunners back in January, scoring ten goals in his opening 13 Premier League matches under Arsene Wenger.

But with Emery now at the helm, the 29-year-old's form has continued, leaving him as the league's top goalscorer after 18 matches, after finding the back of the net 12 times.

The forward has netted twice in four separate matches throughout the season, while also assisting three goals for his team-mates, helping Arsenal to fifth position in the league table.

Back in October, Aubameyang came off the bench in consecutive games to net braces against Fulham and Leicester City — with his pace and clinical finishing proving dangerous in the later stages of games.

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Match Reports

REPORT: ALBION 1 ARSENAL 1

26 December 2018

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Jurgen Locadia levels for the Seagulls against Arsenal.
  • Albion draw 1-1 with Arsenal
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gives Arsenal the lead
  • Jurgen Locadia on target for the Seagulls
  • Albion turn their attention to Everton’s visit to the Amex on Saturday
Brighton & Hove Albion played out an absorbing 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Boxing Day at the Amex Stadium.
 
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's opener was cancelled out by Jurgen Locadia to ensure the points were shared, but Albion could have easily claimed another famous win after another encouraging display against one of the Premier League's top six.
 
Chris Hughton made three changes to the side that lost 2-0 away at AFC Bournemouth the previous week, with Shane Duffy, Dale Stephens and Glenn Murray all included in the starting line-up.
 
Albion created an opening inside the opening five minutes when Solly March fed in Bernardo down the left, but the latter’s cross-shot went over the bar.
 
Arsenal almost broke the deadlock moments later when Aubameyang attempted to lob Maty Ryan, but the Seagulls shot-stopper superbly tipped his shot over the bar.

 
The forward wasn’t to be denied in the seventh minute though, as Albion failed to clear the ball on multiple occasions and Arsenal’s number 14 clinically fired into the top corner to break the deadlock.
 
The Seagulls peppered around the Arsenal box in a bid to restore parity, as a Pascal Gross shot was deflected wide, before Bernd Leno claimed his resulting corner.
 
Murray thought he had levelled the scores after he latched onto Martin Montoya’s first-time ball and appeared to bundle it over the line, but referee Anthony Taylor ruled out the effort with Leno appearing to already have two hands on the ball.
 
Murray was involved in the thick of the action again for Albion’s next chance, after he swept in a first-time strike from March’s cross that was easily saved by Leno.
 
But Albion had Ryan to thank for keeping the deficit at one when the shot-stopper made a brilliant one-handed stop to keep out Aubameyang’s low effort after a ball over the top of the defence.
 
The Seagulls did equalise in the 35th minute through Locadia after Stefan Lichtsteiner failed to deal with Davy Propper’s long ball over the Gunners defence and the Dutchman coolly slotted home.

 
Albion were on the front foot in what was turning into a very open game, as Montoya found Murray, but the latter’s header rose over the target.
 
Shortly after the re-start, some brilliant work by Bernardo teed up a chance for March, and his driven shot was pushed away by Leno.
 
Propper had two more chances to score a second Albion goal, as he glanced a header wide from March’s cross before firing just wide after being teed up by Locadia.
 
There was a nervy moment for the Albion defence when Bernardo gave away possession on the edge of the box, but Duffy was on hand to prevent Aubameyang from pulling the trigger.

Albion broke forward on the counter again, and Locadia made a weaving run from the left only to see his subsequent shot go past the far post.

The Gunners almost restored their lead in the freakiest fashion, when March's attempted clearance cannonned off Alex Iwobi and the ball went inches past Ryan's far post.

The focus now turns to Everton's visit on Saturday, and Hughton will take plenty of encouragement from another impressive festive display.

ALBION: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Balogun, Bernardo; March, Stephens, Propper, Locadia (Knockaert 86); Gross; Murray (Andone 79).

SUBS NOT USED: Button (GK), Bruno, Bong, Kayal, Bissouma.

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Ticket News

SECURE YOUR SEAT FOR ARSENAL

21 December 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Seats are still available for today's game.
Tickets for Brighton & Hove Albion’s Boxing Day clash against Arsenal are still available through the season ticket exchange.
 
Fans with a purchase history will be eligible to buy these tickets, which will all be sold at the Grade A match adult ticket prices, which start from £45 for adults.
 
Those fans heading to the game are advised that no train services will be operating on the day. Click here to read the latest travel information.
 
Supporters can secure their tickets on BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com/Tickets from 9am, or via the Albion Booking Line at 0844 327 1901**.
 
There is a £1.50 per ticket booking fee for telephone sales, while a charge of £1 per ticket applies to online purchases. Tickets purchased online using Print-at-Home are exempt from booking fees.
 
**Calls to the Albion Booking Line are charged at seven pence per minute plus your network access charge.
 
Please note that the hours for both the Albion Ticket Office and Supporter Services over the Christmas and New Year period have changed. Click here for more information.

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