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PREVIEW: PROPPER AND IZQUIERDO RULED OUT FOR ARSENAL TRIP

3 May 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Davy Propper and Jose Izquierdo will both miss Sunday's trip to the Emirates Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion play their final away game of the season against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, kick-off 4.30pm, and victory for the Seagulls will secure their Premier League safety.

Cardiff City play first against Crystal Palace on Saturday evening, and if Neil Warnock’s side are beaten by the Eagles, Albion’s place in the top flight will be secured for a third consecutive season, regardless of their result in north London.

If the Welsh club draw, Albion will need at least a point to mathematically guarantee safety at the Emirates, while a victory for Warnock’s team will mean the Seagulls will need three points against the Gunners to beat the drop ahead of Manchester City’s visit on the final day.

Albion drew 1-1 against Newcastle United last time out to move four points clear of the Bluebirds, while Arsenal lost 3-0 to Leicester City in the Premier League before a 3-1 success against Valencia in the Europa League semi-finals.

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TEAM NEWS

Chris Hughton confirmed that Jose Izquierdo (knee) and Davy Propper (hamstring) are both unavailable for this weekend's visit to the Emirates, however the Albion boss has an otherwise fully-fit squad to choose from.

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is a doubt for Sunday’s match at the Emirates, with Unai Emery believing the Frenchman could be suffering from fatigue.

Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Denis Suarez (groin), Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding (both knee) and Danny Welbeck (ankle) are all expected to miss out through injury.

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FORM

After a poor run of form towards the beginning of April, the Seagulls have showed improvement to claim precious points against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United.

Hughton’s men were minutes away from holding onto a point against Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as well, but Christian Eriksen’s 88th-minute strike broke Albion’s resolve.

The Seagulls trailed Newcastle until the 75th minute last time out, but Gross gambled on a cross towards Glenn Murray, which the striker headed back into his path, and the German nodded home.

The Gunners have lost three Premier League matches in a row, against Crystal Palace, Wolves and Leicester City respectively, but Emery’s team have shown good form in the Europa League.

A 3-0 aggregate victory over Napoli booked their place in the final four of the competition, and the Gunners now take a 3-1 advantage to the Mestalla Stadium next week.

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LAST TIME WE MET

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring in the seventh minute when the Gunners visited the Amex Stadium on Boxing Day, but Jurgen Locadia raced through to level the scores inside the opening half.

Stefan Lichtsteiner failed to head clear Davy Propper’s searching pass over the top of Arsenal’s defence, and Locadia showed composure in front of goal to slot past the onrushing Bernd Leno.

The Seagulls pushed for a winning goal after the break, with the Gunners also creating a number of chances of their own, but neither side could find that killer touch in front of goal and the spoils were shared.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 1
Gross 75

NEWCASTLE UNITED 1
Perez 18

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Gross, Stephens, Kayal (Bissouma 49), Izquierdo (Knockaert 66); Andone (March 46), Murray.

Subs not used: Button (GK), Burn, Bong, Locadia.

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LAST TIME OUT: ARSENAL

ARSENAL 3
Lacazette 18, 25
Aubameyang 90

VALENCIA 1
Diakhaby 11

Arsenal line-up: Cech; Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Koscielny; Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Ozil; Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Subs not used: Leno (GK), Elneny, Iwobi, Nketiah.

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PLAYER TO WATCH: Alexandre Lacazette

The forward has been involved in 23 goals for the Gunners so far this season — finding the back of the net 13 times and claiming assists for ten goals.

Lacazette fired home twice against Valencia on Thursday evening to help Arsenal overturn a 1-0 deficit, as they take a healthy lead into the second leg of their Europa League semi-final next week.

The Frenchman ended the 2017/18 season with 14 Premier League goals to his name, and he will be desperate to beat that tally with two games remaining, against Albion and Burnley respectively.

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Match Reports

REPORT: ALBION MAKE A POINT AT THE EMIRATES

5 May 2019

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Paul Hazlewood
Albion celebrate Glenn Murray's equaliser at the Emirates.
  • Albion draw 1-1 with Arsenal at the Emirates
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on target for the hosts
  • Glenn Murray equalises from the penalty spot
  • Albion end their season against title-chasing Manchester City next Sunday

Brighton & Hove Albion celebrated Premier League survival with a well-earned point at top-four chasing Arsenal.

Glenn’s Murray’s second-half penalty earned Albion a share of the spoils after a gutsy display in north London, cancelling out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s early spot-kick.

Chris Hughton made three changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Newcastle United last Saturday, as Yves Bissouma, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Solly March all returned for the Seagulls.

The hosts had a chance inside the opening couple of minutes when Henrikh Mkhitaryan took a touch just outside the area and fired against the woodwork.

Arsenal were awarded a penalty with eight minutes on the clock after Nacho Monreal went down inside the box from Jahanbakhsh’s challenge, and Aubameyang sent Maty Ryan the wrong way to break the deadlock.

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Hughton’s men had a penalty shout of their own turned down when Pascal Gross’s free kick hit the Arsenal wall, with a claim that it hit Sokratis on the arm.

Albion enjoyed a promising spell of their own, which began after Jahanbakhsh intercepted Bernd Leno’s short clearance and ended when the German shot-stopper kept out Glenn Murray’s header.

In the midst of that passage of play, Bissouma appeared to have his shirt tugged by Stephan Lichsteiner inside the box, but referee Taylor was unconvinced once again.

The Seagulls continued to play with real positive intent going forward, as Gross flashed a corner across the face of goal, dropping just inches away from several Seagulls players.

Ryan was called into action down the other end to keep out Shkodran Mustafi’s header at the near post from Granit Xhaka’s corner.

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The Australian made an even better save moments later, when Aubameyang met Mesut Ozil’s in-swinging cross with a close-range shot that he brilliantly pushed away with his right hand.

Ryan was called into action again when he pushed away Mkhitaryan’s fierce strike, before Lewis Dunk headed clear Alexandre Lacazette’s follow-up effort.

Hughton freshened up his attack at the break with the introduction of Anthony Knockaert in place of Jahanbakhsh, and Albion started the second half brightly.

Murray brilliantly teed up March in a free-flowing Albion move, but the latter’s angled strike was comfortably saved by Leno.

March then gave Albion a chance to level the scores after going down under Xhaka’s challenge, and like Aubameyang, Murray made no mistake from the resulting penalty to level the scores on the hour mark.

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Buoyed by the equaliser, Hughton’s men pressed forward on the counter-attack with pace, as Murray looked to head the ball down for Knockaert before Arsenal cleared the danger.

Arsenal began to play some neat one-twos on the edge of the area, and Ryan was forced down to his left to keep out Aubameyang’s searching strike.

Albion looked threatening on the break though, and Gross picked out Knockaert in space down the right, but the Frenchman’s angled shot was saved by Leno.

The Gunners then squandered a golden opportunity to retake the lead through Aubameyang, as the Arsenal frontman flashed a volley inches wide of the post.

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Bernardo could have given Hughton’s men the lead in emphatic fashion after being teed up by Bissouma, but the Brazilian drove his fierce attempt over the bar.

Hughton’s men came even closer to scoring a decisive second goal after Knockaert played in Gross, who in turn teed up March. The winger’s diving header was saved before Gross couldn’t manage to get his follow-up strike on target.

After withstanding some late Arsenal pressure, Albion held on to claim a hard-fought draw ahead of ending the season with the visit of Manchester City next weekend.

ALBION: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Stephens, Bissouma, Gross (Kayal 90+2); Jahanbakhsh (Knockaert 46), Murray (Andone 78), March.

SUBS NOT USED: Button (GK), Bong, Burn, Locadia.

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Ticket News

ARSENAL TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY

8 April 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Albion travel to the Emirates Stadium for their final away game of the season on Sunday afternoon.

Tickets for Brighton & Hove Albion's trip to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium at the start of next month go on sale on Tuesday morning. 

Albion take on the Gunners on Saturday 4th May, kick-off 3.00pm, in what will be their final away game of the campaign.

Season ticket holders with more than 334 loyalty points will be able to secure their seats from 9am online tomorrow, as the first sales window opens.

Beneath are the on-sale dates and prices for our allocation of 3000 tickets, as well as information on the number of loyalty points required for Albion’s trip to north London:

Pricing:

Adult (19-64) £30.00
Senior (65+) £16.00
Ages 17-18 £16.00
Under 17 £10.00

On sale dates:

STHs with 334+ points Tuesday 9th April
STHs with 271+ points Wednesday 10th April
STHs with 223+ points Thursday 11th April
All STHs Friday 12th April
18/19 Members with 65+ points Tuesday 16th April
All 18/19 Members Wednesday 17th April

Supporters can secure their tickets on the selected dates from 9am on BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com/Tickets and 2pm 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.

Seagull Travel will be running a coach to this fixture with a number of pick-up points across East and West Sussex. A full list of pick-up locations and bookings for all upcoming games can be found here, along with prices.

*Calls to the Albion Booking Line are charged at seven pence per minute plus your network access charge.

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