Moving into October with such a strong record in September, our next game which sees us face Brighton at home tomorrow, looks very encouraging.
Like every other year, this year has seen our form improve majorly when we play at The Emirates, picking up five wins from our first five home games with a good chance of extending that run tomorrow.
In their last four games Brighton have done well to come away with two wins against Newcastle and West Brom, however, the Seagulls are still looking for their first win away from home this season which could help us even more.
Last time out for us we played a heavily rotated side in a 4-2 win away to BATE Borisov in the Europa League, but it’ll be hard to imagine any of the players involved on Thursday starting tomorrow.
However, despite having a different set of players ready for the challenge of Brighton, don’t expect that to take away from the overall confidence of the squad.
The first time we had to deal with a Thursday night-Sunday afternoon turnaround we put in a very well-rounded performance away at Chelsea, where we were rewarded with a point more than we usually get at Stamford Bridge.
However, one of our regular starters that won’t be in action is Laurent Koscielny, Arsene Wenger said:
“We have a doubt about Laurent Koscielny unfortunately. It’s an Achilles problem, it’s ongoing.”
Koscielny won’t be the only absentee though as Mesut Ozil is still waiting to be ready for his return to the side, as are Francis Coquelin and Danny Welbeck.
Although this is our first meeting with Brighton in the Premier League, there will be a face that is familiar to us in their dugout as former Newcastle and Norwich City manager, Chris Hughton brought them up to the top flight.
On the job Hughton has done, Wenger said:
“I believe that he will be focused on the quality of his team and try to organise them, which he does very well. He has done an exceptional job with Brighton.”
Out of the five times he’s faced Arsenal, Hughton has got a fairly decent record, winning twice and losing three times so we’ll have to be ready for the challenges that his Brighton side bring to us.
On what he expects Brighton, Wenger said:
“I think it will be difficult to break them down because they are very well organised, they are very disciplined as well. Their team keeps the ball well and from what I’ve seen they have a good technical quality, they try to play everywhere and it is a different challenge for us.”
However, with the record books in our favour, it’s pretty hard to imagine any other outcome than an Arsenal win, so hopefully, the boys keep at it and make at six home wins out of six tomorrow.