Arsène Wenger: 'Our last international break was a nightmare'

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GETTY Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal take on Brighton this weekend

Arsenal have always been fluid and full of movement in attack, but it has left them more than a little exposed at the back and sometimes unable to break down stubborn sides. And in greater numbers. To continue the Star Wars theme, the force is with them, at present.

Iwobi, who is one of the 23 players invited by Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr for Saturday's Russian Federation 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Uyo, scored Arsenal's second goal to help the Gunners defeat Brighton 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium in London on Sunday. Shane Duffy's rebound however could not be directed on target.

Wenger rarely fluffs his lines against newly promoted teams.

Alex Iwobi was set up by Alexis Sanchez's back-heel to double Arsenal's lead at the start of the second half after Nacho Monreal's opener. It is important to give them enough games. "I didn't think Alexis would find me but it shows the skill he has", stressed the Gunners forward to BBC Sports.

"He is capable of doing anything".

"The Reds saved bookmakers a fortune midweek but I expect Liverpool to bounce back when travelling to Newcastle on Sunday". He got just 19 minutes of action, replacing Alex Iwobi with the job done at The Emirates.

"It was a spirited performance", he said.

Iwobi added that Arsenal made the 2-0 win over Brighton look so easy.

Cech was rested for Arsenal's Europa League wins over Cologne and BATE Borisov, with Arsene Wenger using a mixture of back-ups and youth players for those games.

Alexandre Lacazette almost gave the hosts a dream start, hitting the post with a clever half-volley after some good work from Iwobi.

But Arsenal were well in charge, with possession stats of over 75%, and the Seagulls were indebted to their Australian goalkeeper Matt Ryan twice in the first half for his sharp saves from Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey.

Nigerian global Alex Iwobi should score at least 10 goals for English Premier League (EPL) giants Arsenal FC. Would you be happy to see them playing the top EPL clubs every week?

This time, they can reflect on a run of three wins and a draw in the Premier League - with clean sheets in each game.

And while he has done well to keep the doubters at bay with four goals in seven games for the Gunners, Lacazette admits that he is still getting used to some of the grittier things English officials allow to happen during the course of a match.

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