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Pierre-Emile Højbjerg fires Southampton to vital win over Brighton

Southampton climbed closer to safety thanks to their third win in four matches, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg securing a deserved victory with a second-half strike on the counter. The win puts Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side level on points with Brighton, who, in addi…


Knockaert and Locadia put Brighton into last eight despite late Cole scare

Another admirable FA Cup exploit by Ashley Cole, a seven-times winner of the competition, was not enough to prevent Brighton from advancing to the quarter-finals. The 38-year-old full-back came off the bench to score but Frank Lampard’s Derby could not…


Liverpool are mature but ‘not the Harlem Globetrotters’, says Klopp

• Manager praises attitude in victory over Brighton • Klopp says club ‘didn’t make a fuss about two defeats’Jürgen Klopp praised his players for producing their “most mature performance of the season” to return Liverpool to winning ways after back-to-b…


Mohamed Salah penalty puts Liverpool seven points clear at the top

Liverpool did not sparkle here but, more importantly, nor did they wobble. After losing their unbeaten record earlier this month Jürgen Klopp’s men returned to winning ways thanks to a second-half penalty by Mohamed Salah. The victory restores Liverpoo…


Glenn Murray’s 100th Brighton goal clinches victory over Wolves

Glenn Murray just keeps going. Once the unexpected news came through that the striker would start here despite being knocked unconscious in a clash of heads at Newcastle last week, it was no surprise to see the 35-year-old score the game’s only goal. W…


Brighton defeat exposes José Mourinho’s shrinking sphere of influence | Paul Doyle

The Manchester United manager once held sway over all he surveyed but a subdued summer at Old Trafford has seen a once-dominant figure losing the control he cravesJosé Mourinho’s irritation with the “movie” that Manchester City released last week was m…


Iborra and Vardy seal victory for 10-man Leicester after Brighton penalty miss

For 78 minutes Leicester were dreadful and the main question was whether Brighton would be able to summon enough quality to claim three points rather than settle for one against strangely lethargic visitors. They won a perfect opportunity to do so when…


Roberto Firmino on target twice as Liverpool fire five past Brighton

Liverpool, sporting a new look, paraded their attacking brio on the south coast, as Roberto Firmino scored twice and Emre Can and Phillipe Coutinho also found the net, to secure an emphatic victory. Lewis Dunk’s 89th-minute own goal wrapped up the scor…


Mesut Òzil and Theo Walcott return to put a spring in the step of Arsenal

Arsène Wenger can justifiably look forward to the coming months with optimism as two of his key players scored on their return
• Arsenal beat Brighton to progress in FA Cup

By the time you read this certain Arsenal players may have already posted self-congratulatory photos online. Or maybe they will have deigned to wait for more significant triumphs – and this match can only have increased confidence of achieving such conquests. Better times lie ahead for Arsène Wenger’s team.

How much better will depend partially on the extent to which the imminent signing of Gabriel Paulista – and perhaps of the defensive midfielder for whom Arsenal fans crave – helps solidify a side whose flimsiness was exposed by a side in the bottom half of the Championship, but there is no doubt that Arsenal are amassing a formidable attacking armoury for the second half of the season.

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