Izquierdo plays down Seagulls’ top-six record

6 months ago

Winger Jose Izquierdo is refusing to read too much into Brighton’s poor record against the top six as they prepare to take on Arsenal on Sunday.

The Seagulls have performed admirably during their first foray into the Premier League and sat 12th in the standings, with a four-point cushion to the bottom three ahead of Saturday’s action.

However, they are yet to take a point from the top six and lost 2-0 to the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium back in October.

Chris Hughton’s men have won seven top-flight games this term, all against sides fighting for survival, with victories over West Brom, Newcastle and Watford, while doing the double over West Ham and Swansea City.

That would seem a recipe for success and Izquierdo, while mindful of the need to pick up some points against the big boys, is happy to take points from anywhere over the remainig couple of months.

“It’s difficult to have this record but it’s another challenge for us,” he told The Argus. “We don’t have to think about that, to do it because we have to break that.

“It’s more important to take the points for the big quarter of the season we have left to stay in the Premier League.”

Brighton will welcome an Arsenal side to the Amex still licking their wounds from back-to-back defeats to Manchester City – in the Carabao Cup final and Premier League – and they are now 10 points outside the top-four places.

Aresene Wenger is coming under increasing pressure at the north London giants and it seems like a good time to play the fallen giants.

Albion have lost their last five games against Arsenal in all competitions, but have taken eight points from their last four games, while the opposition have lost four of six.

However, Izquierdo knows that the slate will be wiped clean when the whistle goes at 1.30pm on Sunday.

“Each game is different,” added the Colombia international. “The players don’t come on to the pitch to lose. You never know what will happen in games. It’s football, anything can happen.”

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