Brighton preview: More of the identical, please

Arsenal tackle Brighton as we speak searching for a fourth consecutive Premier League win, and three factors to take this current constructive momentum into the upcoming Interlull.

It received’t be simple, the hosts have had a superb begin to the season, a lot in order that even a win as we speak wouldn’t take us above them. They’ve received 4, drawn one and misplaced one in all their six video games to this point, and we all know from earlier years how this could be a tough fixture. We received it final season, due to a objective from Alexandre Lacazette, however a late Neal Maupay objective was a troublesome one to take after lockdown eased in 2020.

Mikel Arteta says:

It might be a extremely tough sport. They’ve been on a extremely good run. They are enjoying properly and getting the outcomes that they deserve. It’s a extremely aggressive match that we’re looking forward to and we all know the significance of it.

Suffice to say, there isn’t a room relaxation on our laurels after successful the derby. As a lot as all of us loved it, the crew has to consign it to the previous and focus totally on this one. We noticed how efficient we had been final Sunday, each by way of our technical execution, and the way dedicated the efficiency was. So far this season we’re successful extra aerial duels and making extra tackles and blocks than final season, in order that effort must be replicated once more as we speak towards a crew who can have no concern of dealing with us.

The solely actual query about Mikel Arteta’s crew choice for as we speak is what to do within the absence of Granit Xhaka. He may use the formation we noticed at Burnley, bringing again Nicolas Pepe within the entrance three, and utilizing Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard as a midfield trio. He additionally has the choice of summer season signing Albert Sambi Lokonga who I feel will most likely get the nod for a tough away sport. To be truthful, I didn’t suppose the supervisor can be fairly as courageous for Burnley away, so he may properly do it once more as we speak, however I think the Belgian will give us that bit of additional midfield safety.

Beyond that, we’re searching for extra of the identical from final Sunday. That felt like a little bit of a step ahead in how we performed, and the way efficient we had been as an attacking unit. Every sport presents its personal challenges, after all, however scoring objectives tends to make them a bit simpler to take care of. Brighton have solely conceded 5 within the league to this point, we’re going to must work arduous to interrupt them down, however hopefully we are able to take the probabilities after they come.

A bit sidebar to this one is Ben White returning to his former membership. It’s not that his switch was notably contentious or something, however it at all times provides a bit spice. There’s an attention-grabbing interview with Gabriel Magalhaes over on Sky Sports which is value a learn this morning, and he says of his burgeoning partnership with the previous Brighton man:

“Ben and I’ve every had a full season within the Premier League now and we’re attending to comprehend it a lot better. We nonetheless want to attach much more however we’re enhancing and creating with each sport and that bodes properly for the remainder of the season.

“We need to be a really intense and aggressive defence.”

Again, our pattern measurement is small and we clearly have to see extra of them collectively to guage how efficient they are often, however it’s a case of to this point, so good for them. With all due respect to our different central defensive choices, they don’t provide the identical sense of safety, nor the identical sense of progressiveness on the ball. He continues:

“The supervisor needs his central defenders to defend properly, firstly. He needs us to know the moments to assault and the moments to defend. That’s what we try to do, and we all know now when to drop deep and when to push up.

“Having good timing on the pitch is crucial and he talks to us about that rather a lot.”

Fingers crossed they’ll put in one other stable shift as we speak, and I ought to point out that the presence of Takehiro Tomiyasu has actually bolstered that central defensive pairing too.

Right, let’s go away it there for now. There is a Premier League preview podcast over on Patreon proper now, and as ever we’ll have reside weblog protection of the sport for you afterward, so please do be part of us for that.

For now, take it simple.

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