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26 December 2018

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton drew positives from Shane Duffy’s timely return from suspension ahead of today’s game against Arsenal, as the Seagulls boss makes full use of the squad’s strength in depth.

Lewis Dunk serves a one-game suspension after being sent off against AFC Bournemouth, but Duffy returns just in time to step into his team-mates boots, as Albion go up against Unai Emery’s side.

With Hughton rotating his squad frequently over recent matches, including three changes against the Cherries, the Albion boss commented on the useful competition within the squad over the festive period.

He said, “With one negative, you’d like to think there’s also a positive — Shane is back from suspension for the game, so what we’ve lost on one hand, we’ve gained with him coming back.

“Lewis has been a mainstay for us, not only this season but over previous seasons. He’ll certainly be a miss against Arsenal, but what we do have is a competitive squad.

“Shane was out for a few games and we had to readjust. We missed Dale Stephens for a few games as well, and it’s just about using the squad in the best way that we can.”

The Seagulls delivered an improved second-half display against Chelsea last time out at the Amex, and Hughton urged his players to learn from their experiences against the top-six sides. 

“Generally we’ve been good at home. You know that you have to be able to raise the ante when you’re playing against the top-six teams because of the quality they’ve got.

“We’re on the back of a home defeat to a very good Chelsea team, so if there’s any indication of the levels that you have to get to, we’ve very recently had to feel that.

“But the moment you start thinking that you can’t get results against particular teams, you may as well stop playing."

Fans can watch the manager’s full look ahead to today’s game against Arsenal on Seagulls TV above – and supporters can sign up to the service by clicking here.

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