Brighton manager Chris Hughton believes that it is the worst time to be facing Arsenal. He’s wrong.
Speaking before his side host Arsene Wenger’s, Hughton revealed fears that Arsenal would be a wounded animal looking to respond. That might be true, but they haven’t responded to any of the other setbacks over the last few weeks/months/years.
Arsene Wenger’s side lost 3-0 in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday before suffering defeat by the same scoreline when City visited the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on Thursday evening.
That follows on from a poor display in a home defeat to Swedish side Ostersund in the Europa League, with Arsenal now having lost seven of the 13 games they have played in all competitions since the turn of the year.
“I think most managers sitting here would say the say, when you are playing against a team with the stature of Arsenal who are on the back of back-to-back defeats, it doesn’t happen often and what they want is a reaction,” Hughton said.
“We have to take care of our business but most would say it is the worst time to play them, they will want a reaction.”
“I think for most people it would be, irrespective of everything we will still be underdogs.
“You can’t underestimate the quality they have got, it has been a difficult last two games but they have been playing a team playing as good a football as we have seen in this country for a long time.”