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OPPOSITION VIEW: ARSENAL

2 October 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger thought his team could have scored more goals against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Emirates Stadium yesterday, but praised the Seagulls for defending well against his team’s potent attack.



The Gunners scored either side of half-time to secure all three points in north London, but Wenger felt his players took their foot off the gas towards the end of their 2-0 victory.

He said, “We got a clean sheet and got the three points, but offensively we were a bit in doubt. The fluency was sometimes there, sometimes not.

“We maybe eased off a little bit too quickly and thought ‘okay, maybe we will just win this’ - and that’s a little bit negative.

“Maybe we didn’t play at a high enough pace to score more goals, but they defended well and intercepted many dangerous balls around the box.

‘“In the end we knew we had a very testing week. We had two home games and one very long trip for the Europa League. We won the three games and that’s very positive.”



Wenger saw room for improvement in Arsenal’s performance against the Seagulls, and expressed his delight at his team’s form heading into the second international break of the season.



"Our focus and patience in the game was a bit in and out. We had good moments, as well as moments where we lost a bit of our concentration.



“We got what we wanted and just before the break. Our last international break was a nightmare, this one was a bit better."


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