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1 October 2017

Bennett Dean
Davy Propper

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Davy Propper understands the difficulty of Sunday’s game against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, but urges his team-mates to continue progressing and show their confidence.

The Gunners have won all of their home fixtures this season, but although Propper is aware of Arsenal’s quality on the pitch, he backed his team-mates to build on their victory over Newcastle United last week.

He said, “It’s a good club and team to play against. They will be difficult for us to play against, but we have confidence. It’s not that we can’t take points from this game, but it’s more difficult, that’s for sure.

“The first one [v Manchester City] was also a very big game for us, at home against Manchester City, but this will also be a very big game.

“We’ve made progress in the last couple of games, so hopefully we can keep it that way and take a lot of points from the games we need to.”

The Seagulls bounced back from back-to-back defeats in league and cup competition with their 1-0 win over the Magpies last time out, and Propper believes the squad is starting to find the correct balance.

“The first win [v West Bromwich Albion] was most important, but last week against Newcastle - for the feeling of the group - was really important.

“The atmosphere in the group is growing, especially when you win some games. We’re getting to know each other much better after every week, and that’s very important.

“Right now we’re where we want to be, and we’ll try to keep it that way, that’s for sure. All of the guys are confident and we’re now after an away win.”

The Dutchman moved to England from PSV Eindhoven this summer, and he showed his gratitude towards those at the club that have made him feel welcome.

“There were some teams, but Brighton were the most interested. For me, it was really important to go to a club that really wanted me.

“So far I like it, and until now the weather has been quite good. It’s quite similar to Holland. My family have gone back to Holland for now, but normally my girlfriend and daughter are here.

“I like to feel at home and the club are really helping me with that. Everyone around helps you, including all the staff around the games and in training.”

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