Despite Arsenal having picked up the pace a bit in the Premier League since the shaky start to the season saw us lose two of the first three games, we are still a little bit off the pace in the new title race. The likes of Man City, Chelsea, Man United have opened up an early gap and with our north London rivals Tottenham breezing past Huddersfield today it is vital that Arsenal pick up all three points tomorrow.
With it being a home game against Brighton you would certainly expect us to, and even though Arsene Wenger picked a fairly experienced and strong side in the Europa League this week, he still was able to rest key players like Ramsey, Ozil, Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez.
But as well as selecting the right team and tactics to get the job done tomorrow, the Arsenal boss has one very important thing to do. In my opinion his biggest task in the build up to this game is to make sure the players go at it with the right attitude.
That means no complacency because we have won a few games or because Brighton are in the Premier League for the first time ever. No strolling around expecting technical ability to be enough to win a football match without putting in the effort and no forgetting about the defensive side of our duties.
I really hop that Wenger has been banging on to the lads about focus and effort, because that is where qwe slip up too often and with the league table as it stands, we cannot afford to do it again.