Arsenal vs Brighton: Wenger breaks Ferguson's Premier League record


"What I love in the game is as well to deal with bad moments and to find the response".

The Gunners started the game brightly as Alexandre Lacazette hit the post in the third minute with a ferocious volley.

Nacho Monreal celebrates scoring for Arsenal against Brighton on Sunday. The defender's right footed effort was smashed home after Brighton blocked shots from Shkodran Mustafi and Hector Bellerin.

The Gunners league position is also a factor with the manager going on to say " this would be the first of this type, a top-six team away from home, and that itself brings another challenge. Brighton struggled to find any sort of rhythm on the day, but almost found an equalizer in the first half when Solly March blasted a long-distance effort off the post. It's very early, seven games played, 31 to go. Brighton pushed hard towards the end of the game to try and get back in the tie but to no avail.

Brighton are the 45th different Premier League club to be defeated by Arsenal since Wenger arrived at the north London club in 1996, breaking the mark he'd shared with former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson.

When asked if his men would be capable of catching this season's pacesetters, Wenger said: "It's too early, it's very early". It was a professional performance against Brighton and denied the victors any time or space on the ball.

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Lewis Dunk slid to just deter a Sanchez shot, and Sead Kolasinac's header on the ensuing corner was cleared off the line.

Of course, in previous seasons, Arsenal only show this tactical intelligence in fits and spurts. To the credit of Hughton's team, when chances to attack finally came they did look as if they could be unsafe.

Chris Hughton's side lie 14th after seven games.

Brighton made plenty of mistakes and Arsenal should have capitalised on them.

Arsenal were by far the better side from the first whistle. Goal difference could be key this season and this is a match they should have won 4-0 at least. No current Premier League player has more assists than Ozil after 100 appearances, with 36.