Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Beram Kayal believes the team are back on track after heading in the wrong direction over recent months, ahead of this weekend’s visit to the Emirates Stadium.
The Israeli started matches against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United after featuring less frequently for the Seagulls in the Premier League since the turn of the year.
Albion sit four points ahead of Cardiff City and could secure Premier League safety this coming weekend, and Kayal urged his team-mates to pull together for the final matches against Arsenal and Manchester City.
“We need to keep working together as a team, every single one of us, to keep this club in the Premier League.
“We drive this team and we were driving in the wrong direction for a while. We needed to take responsibility and we’ve done that.
“We’re not safe yet but we’re happy we could get something [against Newcastle]. We’ve given a big reaction and taken responsibility over the last few weeks.”
Chris Hughton recalled Kayal to the side after Davy Propper suffered an injury at Molineux, and the 31-year-old, who celebrates his birthday today, commented on his return to action.
“It’s the manager’s decision, so I need to respect it and keep working. He needed me against Wolves, so I gave everything for my team-mates.
“I wasn’t able to play against Tottenham because after two months I can’t come in and play three games in a week.
“He was then happy for me to start what was probably the biggest game of the season [against Newcastle]. It’s amazing [to be back] — I want to play and help the team.”
The Seagulls visit north London on Sunday before hosting Pep Guardiola’s Premier League title-challengers on the final day of the season, and Kayal highlighted the importance of taking belief into both matches.
“Every game is an opportunity. They’re obviously tough games against Arsenal and Manchester City, but every game is winnable for us.
“We’re in a tough period, everyone knows that, but we need to take positives from the last two weeks against Wolves, Tottenham and Newcastle.”