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2 October 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Lewis Dunk surges out of defence at the Emirates Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk felt the team needed to show more quality in possession to cause Arsenal problems at the Emirates Stadium yesterday, as they were beaten 2-0 in North London.

The Seagulls had chances to score against the Gunners, with Solly March hitting the post and Glenn Murray heading just wide, but Dunk was surprised at Arsenal’s attacking pressure throughout.

He said, ”It was what we expected - they were going to pin us back and we had to defend for a lot of the game.

“I think we just needed to show a bit more quality on the ball when we won it back. It's very frustrating to lose, but we were expecting a tough game and got one.

"We set up to counter, but that first pass needs to be made to be able to counter well. All of us weren't making that. We were making it hard for ourselves.”

Gunners midfielder Alexis Sanchez provided a brilliant back-heel for Alex Iwobi’s second-half strike, and Dunk assessed how he dealt with the Chilean’s dangerous attributes.

"Alexis Sanchez is one of the best in the world. He's very sharp and moves the ball so well, it's hard to get near him.

“However, you’ve got to stay with him as much as you can. He showed some quality but we did okay against him.

“But as you can see, they had one too many quality players for us."

The Seagulls return to action after the international break, against Everton at the Amex in two weeks time, and Dunk stressed how hard the team will work to be ready for the visit of Ronald Koeman’s team.

"We'll work hard in these two weeks during the international break. Some of the boys will go away but the rest of us will be working and ready to go when they come back.

"It's been a good start. We've won two and drawn one. We're around the target for where we want to be at this stage.

“We've kept improving each game and need to pick up points when we can."

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