At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton delivered the team news ahead of Sunday’s game at the Emirates Stadium, assessed Arsenal’s competition towards the top of the Premier League, spoke about this weekend’s difficult game on the road, and discussed the pressure on Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.
Team News: “I’m disappointed [with Hemed's suspenion]. We know the player very well and still feel that there was no intent, which is the reason why we appealed. The decision has been made and we have to get on with it.
“We were light anyway, with Sam Baldock being out and Glenn [Murray] not being available for a good period now. Glenn trained Friday morning, which is a plus, but I’ll have to see how he is tomorrow and make some decisions around that.
“That’s the only area where we’re a little bit light. Sam is back in training but hasn't done enough. Apart from that, the only other injuries we’ve got are Steve Sidwell and [Beram] Kayal.
“He’s done some good work [Kayal] and we’re hoping that he’ll be with us by the end of the international break.
Arsenal’s competition: “I don't think the problem is anything to do with the club. It's to do with the competition around. Chelsea have got a lot stronger over the years, so have Man City and Liverpool.
“Probably when Arsenal were at their best, it was Arsenal and Manchester United that were the two strongest teams and clubs in the division.
Now there are five or six teams that are very much pushing for the Champions League spots and maybe another team underneath that.
“I don't think it's just about Arsenal over this period of time. It's about the emergence of other clubs which have got stronger. "
Tough away day: ”This is definitely another type of challenge for us. In the six games we've had different types of challenges.
"The first one was at home to Manchester City, who had an outstanding pre-season and have gone on to show how prolific they can be.
"This would be the first of this type, a top-six team away from home, and that itself brings another challenge.
“We'll certainly have to be at a level to be able to get anything from the game.
Pressure managing Arsenal: “He [Arsene Wenger] copes with it incredibly well because of the experience he's got. There's a different type of pressure when you’re a smaller club in the division or a new club - the pressure is trying to get the results which will keep you in the division.
“When you’re at Arsenal, the pressure is always bout getting the results you’re expected to get, staying in the Champions League and winning cups.
“Maybe the only thing he hasn't experienced is being at the other end of the table, but he would have experienced everything that goes with the pressure of being with a team that has high expectations.
“He's an outstanding manager and has had a huge contribution to the game here. That type of individual you want to see him here as long as he wants to be here."