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OPPOSITION IN FOCUS: ARSENAL

2 June 2018

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Arsenal begin life under new manager Unai Emery for the 2018/19 season.

With Brighton & Hove Albion’s Premier League opposition now confirmed for the 2018/19 campaign, we continue our rundown profiling next year’s sides in the top flight.

Arsenal 

League Position 2017/18: 6th

Top league goalscorer 2017/18: Alexandre Lacazette (14)

How did they do last season? 

Arsene Wenger’s reign as manager of the Gunners ended in a sixth-placed position in the league, meaning Europa League football for the side for the next campaign.

Arsenal spent big throughout the course of the campaign, bringing in Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for a club-record £45.6 million deal at the start of July, whilst also welcoming in Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, with Alexis Sanchez heading north to join Manchester United.

Without Champions League football for the first time since the 1997/98 season, the side embarked on a Europa League campaign which saw them eliminated at the semi-final stage to Atletico Madrid. 

Cup competitions on home soil included a Carabao Cup Final to Manchester City at Wembley Stadium, and an Emirates FA Cup third round exit to Nottingham Forest.

They occupied sixth position in the league from the 22nd December until the season’s end, with their performances on the road proving a problem, gaining their only away win in 2018 coming against Huddersfield Town. 

Who’s in charge? 

The appointment of Unai Emery signals a changing of the guard in the home dugout in north London, with Arsene Wenger stepping down from his role as manager after almost 22 years at the helm of the club.

 

Emery will be only the second non-Englishman to take charge of the club across their 132-year history, after the departing Wenger.

The former Sevilla and PSG boss arrives the Emirates Stadium tasked with returning the side to their former glories and having won silverware in each of his last five seasons, Arsenal fans will be hoping that the tide will start to turn in north London – in fact, he is the only manager to win three Europa League titles in as many seasons.

Who should I keep an eye out for?

Having joined from Borussia Dortmund on Deadline Day in January, Aubameyang then notched 10 goals in 12 league matches for Arsenal in the latter half of the campaign.

 

Four of those came in the final three matches of the season, and under Emery’s guidance the probability of that form continuing into the 2018/19 Premier League season is a realistic one.

How did we fare against them last season?

The Seagulls fell to a 2-0 defeat to the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium back in October, as goals from Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi separated the sides in North London. 

But the reverse fixture at the Amex Stadium at the beginning of March was a memorable one, as first half goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray gave the Seagulls a historic win over Arsenal with a vital three points in a 2-1 win.


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