Chris Hughton has been nominated for Manager of the month after taking Brighton through January with three wins and a draw but he is not expecting to have an easy win again tomorrow against Arsenal, despite the Gunners woeful away form this season.
“Any game plan we will have against Arsenal will be no different on Sunday had it been a week ago, two weeks ago,” he said.
“We are playing against a team that is full of top individuals that can hurt you. We have to line-up our team and prepare exactly for that.
“They are on the back of a couple of defeats and will be desperate to turn it around so I expect to be playing against a very motivated Arsenal team on Sunday.”
“I’m very conscious that it is Arsenal v Brighton,”
“When you have got the big teams against the big teams, they are the sides who can capitalise more if the other isn’t having the best of days. It is always going to be more difficult for a lesser side to impose themselves on a team in the top six.
“We will not allow ourselves to get caught up in Arsenal having had a couple of difficult games and we are in good form, we can’t afford to get caught up in that, we can only afford to play the right type of game.”
I certainly hope Arsenal are motivated, as they haven’t looked very keen lately in any away games for a while. The Gunners have no choice but to win every game from now until the end of the season to have any chance at all of making the Top Four. Arsenal were excellent on the run in last season and still didn’t quite get there, but can they do that again in their demoralised state?