Unai Emery warns Arsenal to expect another physical test at Brighton after feisty Burnley clash


Unai Emery warns Arsenal to expect another physical test at Brighton after feisty Burnley clash

Unai Emery has told his Arsenal players to expect Brighton to pose a similar physical challenge to Burnley on Boxing Day.

The Gunners claimed a 3-1 victory over Burnley at the Emirates on Saturday with striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored twice, claiming he had never played in a game that was as feisty.

Arsenal’s clash with Burnley had a number of flashpoints

There were a number of flashpoints and Clarets boss Sean Dyche afterwards claimed that Arsenal players had dived during what proved to be a fairly hot-tempered afternoon.

The win was enough to take Arsenal level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea and Emery believes Brighton will provide a similarly bruising test at the Amex Stadium.

“Brighton is the same, a very tough match physically, very organised and, like with Burnley, a very good coach who is working very well.

“It is a challenge and I respect those teams a lot because they also have good players. They decide to do a line-up with physical players with a lot of crosses for the strikers for heading in our box. We need to defend very far in our box to defend better against that.”