Arteta keen for an opportunity to bounce back

Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal – Amex Stadium – Premier League – Saturday 3pm

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Mikel Arteta insisted that a swift return to action could be just the tonic his Arsenal side need to bounce back from their disappointing midweek display at Manchester City.

The out of sorts Gunners went down by three unanswered goals in the North-West and had Brazilian defender David Luiz sent-off, compounding their misery further; “Yes, every time you lose a football game you want revenge straight away,” the Spaniard explained.

“That’s what we want, myself, the staff and the players. We need to see how many players we have fit for the game because it was a big hit losing three players in key areas which, at the moment, we are very short in. But we have to adapt.

“We’re going to have a lot of games, we’re going to be playing every three days with the schedule the Premier League has given us today so it’s going to be a challenge.”

The City match was clearly in the boss’s thoughts: “Emotionally it’s very, very difficult to delete it but it’s what we have to do,” he added.

It was a very accidental game right from the start, when we lost Granit straight away, losing Pablo and then the way we conceded the first and second goals.

“Against this type of opposition, this makes life almost impossible. There are things to learn obviously that we cannot not consider to keep evolving in what we are trying to do. But as well we have to be open and analyse the game as it went.”

Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal – Head to head;

Brighton & Hove Albion won; 4
Drawn; 4
Arsenal won; 12

Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal – Last five meetings (all competitions);

October 1, 2017 – Premier League
Arsenal 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

March 4, 2018 – Premier League
Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Arsenal

December 26, 2018 – Premier League
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Arsenal

December 5, 2019 – Premier League
Arsenal 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

Jeevesie’s prediction; Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Arsenal

(Quotes courtesy of Arsenal Football Club)

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Brian Jeeves

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