Arteta respects in-form Albion

01 October 2021 02:40:59 GMTPlus11
Graham Potter's Brighton have started the season well

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes Brighton fully deserve to be riding high in the Premier League, as he prepares his side for Saturday's trip to the AMEX Stadium.

Albion welcome in the Gunners for the teatime kick-off on Saturday and the hosts are 11/5 to win, with the draw 9/4 and a 1-1 final scoreline available at 11/2.

The Seagulls are sixth in the table after making an impressive start, winning four of their six games so far and Graham Potter's men could have gone top with a win at Crystal Palace on Monday, but were held to a 1-1 draw and Arteta insists the South Coast outfit are not in a false position.

Brighton have been on a very good run, they are getting the results and they deserve it.

Mikel Arteta

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He said: "Brighton have been on a very good run, they are getting the results and they deserve it. They have been consistent in the way the play and it will be a competitive game.

"We are looking forward to it. We have to focus on the performance and then winning the game."

Gunners on the up

After a terrible start, when Arteta's side lost their first three games, the Gunners have regrouped and improved significantly in recent weeks to move up to 10th in the table.

They have seen off Norwich City and Burnley, both 1-0, before blitzing local rivals Tottenham in the North London Derby last time out with three first-half goals to set up a fine 3-1 victory.

Xhaka misses out

Arsenal will be without Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka this weekend after he suffered a serious knee injury against Spurs, which the Gunners say will keep him out for at least three months, although Arteta is hopeful that the blow is not as bad as it could be.

He added: "It's a significant injury, but he probably escaped an even worse injury that he could have had. Hopefully, he can escape surgery, which is really important."

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