Arsene Wenger: It's 'too early' to make any Premier League title assumptions


Ahead of his arrival in Nigeria today for Saturday's World Cup 2018 qualifier against Zambia in Uyo, Alex Iwobi, yesterday scored Arsenal's second goal in the 2-0 defeat of Brighton at the Emirates Stadium.

"Every season you go through a period that is a bit more hard and the team can show what they are made of and we responded well and have been very consistent since".

But Iwobi added a second goal barely 10 minutes into the second half when he finished off a slick passing move on the counter-attack.

The Gunners manager Arsene Wenger, who joined Arsenal back in 1996, marked the 21st anniversary of his arrival at the club with the victory.

Arsenal passed on a number of opportunities to extend their lead after Iwobi's close range-strike but also found themselves vulnerable in the dying minutes of the match as Brighton pressed for a late goal.

Arsenal's sixth win from their last seven matches in all competitions moved them to within six points of leaders Manchester City heading into the worldwide break.

But in my experience in big games, perhaps in the past when I was a little bit younger and less experienced, I would think I've got to do something out of the ordinary to match these guys.

Arsenal legend Paul Merson says the "penny has got to drop" for Mesut Ozil to earn a place in Arsene Wenger's starting line-up. "It just depends on us how much we respond".

Yet Hughton is the last manager of a newly-promoted side to beat Arsenal on their own turf, when his Newcastle team won 1-0 in 2010.

Matthew Ryan can not wait for the chance to test himself like a 'established name like Arsenal' as Brighton prepare for a tough Premier League game on Sunday. "I didn't think Alexis would find me but it shows the skill he has".

"Let's hope the players come back in a good shape".

Yes, we agree that they were not at their entertaining best against Brighton in a game that many expected Arsenal to win comfortably, but it is perhaps the kind of result that many Arsenal fans would love.

"Nothing is permanent. You're not bad in a permanent way".