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02 October, 2017, 01:00 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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"It's very hard to be very expansive here, particularly when you're a team like we are that's just got promoted". Brighton struggled to find any sort of rhythm on the day, but almost found an equalizer in the first half when Solly March blasted a long-distance effort off the post.

In the end, Arsenal's quality shone through, however Brighton can take encouragement and will no doubt pick up a good amount of points this season down to their discipline, desire and organisation.

After an extremely quiet opening period, the Chile forward grew into the game and caused the Seagulls all sorts of second-half problems.

Sanchez took centre stage after the break and set up Iwobi to double the Gunners' advantage with a sublime backheel.

Lewis Dunk slid to just deter a Sanchez shot, and Sead Kolasinac's header on the ensuing corner was cleared off the line.

Wenger, who was officially appointed Arsenal's manager on October 1, 1996, has now seen his team win their last nine Premier League games at the Emirates. While one of those goals was from the penalty spot, he has started very well and has scored in every home match for the Gunners so far this season, including both goals on Monday against West Bromwich Albion.

Arsenal were in control of the game and a neat one - two between Alexis Sanchez and Alex Iwobi saw Iwobi's low effort saved by Matthew Ryan in the Brighton goal.

After a poor start to the season, Arsene Wenger's men have managed to transform their fortunes with six wins from their past seven outings in all competitions.

Arsenal will be without Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Calum Chambers, and Danny Welbeck with varying injuries.

This win over newly-promoted Brighton gave Arsene Wenger victory over the 45th different team in the Premier League, overtaking the mark he had shared with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Wenger's early years at the helm of Arsenal yielded three Premier League titles but the Gunners have not been crowned champions of England since 2004.

"I wouldn't say it was comfortable but we made it as easy as we could", Iwobi told BBC Sport.


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