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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Anthony Knockaert could make all the difference fro Brighton, Pablo Zabaleta is fed up with West Ham’s ill-discipline and Kevin de Bruyne is drawing more praiseMark Hughes was in no doubt he had witnessed the favourites for the title. “Clearly I would …

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

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Bruno’s blunder is a Brighton body blow as Everton escape with a 1-1 draw | Paul MacInnes

Chris Hughton’s tactics were working perfectly until his captain conceded a late penalty for an inexplicable charge at Dominic Calvert-LewinWithout having access to Brighton defender Bruno’s inner monologue, or tucking a microphone into his beard, it’s…

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Wayne Rooney penalty rescues Everton from defeat against Brighton

This match was moved to Sunday afternoon so it could be shown live in India yet those tuning in across Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and elsewhere would have been forgiven for turning off early given the very English contest on show: plenty of huff and puff b…

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Brighton v Everton: Premier League – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the match at the Amex StadiumLive scores: all the goals as they go in around the UK and EuropeEmail Daniel here. Tweet @DanielHarris 1.13pm BST Anyone got any idea that at which Ronald Koeman is playing? Surely his team …

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Brighton & Hove Albion v Everton: match preview

Brighton sense a chance to make headway over the next month with West Ham United, Southampton and Swansea City their opponents after the visit of vulnerable Everton. Then again international breaks can sometimes provide timely punctuation and Ronald Ko…

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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Arsène Wenger: ‘Our last international break was a nightmare’ – video

 Arsène Wenger celebrated the 21st anniversary of his arrival at Arsenal with a 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion. Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi scored the goals in the win which saw Arsenal move up to fifth in the Premier League.

Wenger described the last international break – coming after the 4-0 thrashing by Liverpool – as a ‘nightmare’ but added that this one is ‘a bit better’.

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Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi seal Arsenal victory over Brighton

The Wenger Out Brigade scare easily but they’ll be back. And in greater numbers. For now, it is a time for Arsenal to enjoy a period of tranquillity and, yes, positivity. To continue the Star Wars theme, the force is with them, at present.

Arsène Wenger is only ever one bad result from hearing the yells for his head but that never felt likely here, with his team in control from the first whistle. But for some heroic defending from Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk, the scoreline could have been heavier for Chris Hughton and Brighton & Hove Albion.

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Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion: Premier League – live!

12.39pm BST

38 min Duffy is booked for a naughty swish at Sanchez, who had turned him superbly.

12.38pm BST

37 min “There was a period when Swansea had both Angel Rangel and Jazz Richards on their books,” says Matt Dony. “Two of the finest names in the whole league, sharing one position. Brighton might just have them beat, though. Has there been a more satisfying back line than Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong?”

Good call. It sounds like a cryptic itinerary for a stag do.

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Brighton’s Chris Hughton serves up reminder of lost art of defence | Jonathan Wilson

In the 1-0 win over Newcastle both managers set up their teams not to lose and, while their organisation was impressive, it was at the cost of attacking flair

Sometimes straightforward virtues are the best. In a Premier League that at times seems to have all but given up anything resembling traditional defending, there was something almost comforting about a clash between two sides who play in such a familiar, unpretentious way. This was a reminder of simpler virtues, a world in which the greatest aspiration is to be compact, and produced a sort of mutually assured self-neutralisation, a game in which flair was all but absent and, where it did exist, confined to a tiny sliver on the flanks. That the one goal came from a set piece was entirely appropriate.

The free-kick that produced the goal five minutes into the second half was in part a result of the Brighton left-back Markus Suttner pushing forward and linking with Tomer Hemed on the left, which always looked the most likely source of a breakthrough for Brighton. There seemed a fairly clear plan from the start to isolate DeAndre Yedlin, the Newcastle right-back, against Solly March. It was the 23-year-old’s cross, after Newcastle had been opened up by a burst from Anthony Knockaert, that led to the Pascal Gross shot that cannoned to safety off Knockaert and then his cross-shot, cutting inside, that drew an awkward sprawling save from Rob Elliot.

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Tomer Hemed’s strike sinks Newcastle as Brighton seal much-needed win

If Brighton & Hove Albion get relegated this season it will not be for a lack of valour, focus or determination. This narrowest of home wins against a team who were technically their better will be celebrated in this part of the south coast, though probably only briefly. The next test, at Arsenal next Sunday, is only around the corner.

Tomer Hemed’s dextrous second-half volley was enough to separate the home side from a Newcastle United who had come into the match after three consecutive wins and left it reminded of the fine margins of Premier League football. For Brighton, meanwhile, it was back-to-back victories at the Amex Stadium.

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Brighton v Newcastle United: Premier League – live!

3.30pm BST

Email! “Does anyone seriously think that Brighton can ‘do’ ‘gritty’?” asks Rob Coughlan.

Well, to the extent that anyone can “do” “anything”, of course not. And I don’t think they’ll stay up, but reckon it’ll be lack of goals that does for them.

3.29pm BST

So what does it all mean? Well, Brighton make one change: Liam Rosenior of the Guardian is replaced at right-back by Bruno, his new diet of lentils and hummus ill-received in the dressing room. Newcastle, meanwhile, are unchanged; as such, they have a bench which hosts Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle, key men for them last season.

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Brighton v Newcastle United: Premier League – live!

3.30pm BST

Email! “Does anyone seriously think that Brighton can ‘do’ ‘gritty’?” asks Rob Coughlan.

Well, to the extent that anyone can “do” “anything”, of course not. And I don’t think they’ll stay up, but reckon it’ll be lack of goals that does for them.

3.29pm BST

So what does it all mean? Well, Brighton make one change: Liam Rosenior of the Guardian is replaced at right-back by Bruno, his new diet of lentils and hummus ill-received in the dressing room. Newcastle, meanwhile, are unchanged; as such, they have a bench which hosts Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle, key men for them last season.

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Brighton’s Davy Pröpper: ‘The Premier League was very important for me’

The Dutch midfielder has banished the self-doubt that scarred his early career and has settled swiftly into a central role at Brighton since his move from PSV

It does not take Davy Pröpper long to pinpoint the period that altered his outlook for good. Life had initially been kind since the midfielder made his debut for Vitesse Arnhem, the club he supported, in January 2010 but things had soured. A new owner, Merab Jordania, brought in players he preferred and there was the intense frustration, too, of seeing childhood friends push ahead of him in the reckoning. The way back was unclear; it all became hard for a young player to take and during the 2012-13 season, when he played 14 games, Pröpper sought a means of regaining control.

“I went to see someone, I guess you’d call him a motivational coach, and it helped me a lot at the time,” Pröpper tells the Observer. “He told me that events were there to be shaped by me, and not about the choices a trainer or somebody else makes. It led to a change in my career; when I didn’t play, I was able to throw the problem away a little bit. I didn’t keep disappointments in my head.”

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Brighton’s Davy Pröpper: ‘The Premier League was very important for me’

The Dutch midfielder has banished the self-doubt that scarred his early career and has settled swiftly into a central role at Brighton since his move from PSV

It does not take Davy Pröpper long to pinpoint the period that altered his outlook for good. Life had initially been kind since the midfielder made his debut for Vitesse Arnhem, the club he supported, in January 2010 but things had soured. A new owner, Merab Jordania, brought in players he preferred and there was the intense frustration, too, of seeing childhood friends push ahead of him in the reckoning. The way back was unclear; it all became hard for a young player to take and during the 2012-13 season, when he played 14 games, Pröpper sought a means of regaining control.

“I went to see someone, I guess you’d call him a motivational coach, and it helped me a lot at the time,” Pröpper tells the Observer. “He told me that events were there to be shaped by me, and not about the choices a trainer or somebody else makes. It led to a change in my career; when I didn’t play, I was able to throw the problem away a little bit. I didn’t keep disappointments in my head.”

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Tim Krul keen to prove point for Brighton after Newcastle exit

The Dutch goalkeeper’s career has faltered since serious injury two years ago, but he is determined to recapture his best form on the south coast

Rafa Benítez’s ruthless streak is rarely evident these days but a notable manifestation occurred in the summer when Tim Krul and Jack Colback, two unwanted Newcastle United players, were banished to train with the juniors.

Colback remains in unhappy exile at the academy but Krul took the hint and eventually secured a deadline-day move to Brighton & Hove Albion. Reunited with Chris Hughton, his old manager at St James’ Park, the erstwhile Holland goalkeeper hopes to make a first Premier League start for his new club when Benítez’s team visit the south coast on Sunday afternoon.

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Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United: match preview

The two automatically-promoted sides play at the Amex Stadium with Newcastle, who have won three in a row, are five points ahead of a home side that lost from a leading position at Bournemouth last time out. Has their impressive form merely masked Rafael Benítez’s transfer window frustrations or is something significant gathering speed? Their former manager, Chris Hughton, will put that to the test and Brighton will need to beknow his side need to be as good as they were in their last home game, when Pascal Gross inspired them to a 3-1 win over West Brom. Nick Ames

Kick-off Sunday 4pm

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Carabao Cup roundup: Hughes demands better after Stoke lose to Bristol City

• Bournemouth beat visiting Brighton once again
• 10-man Aston Villa lose 2-0 at home to Middlesbrough

Several Premier League sides went out of the Carabao Cup but Stoke City were one of only two to lose to lower league opposition, in the shape of Bristol City.

Stoke were undone at Ashton Gate by two goals in 10 second-half minutes from Famara Diédhiou and Matt Taylor, following Burnley – beaten in a penalty shootout by Leeds – in bowing out in the third round to a Championship side. Mark Hughes had no complaints though. “We were poor and they played very well,” he said. “They will have a good season playing like that, but we have to be much better. I am very disappointed because this is a competition we wanted to do well in. Maybe I got the changes wrong, but I was expecting a lot more from my players. I know we will be better against Chelsea on Saturday, but that isn’t much consolation at the moment.”

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Bournemouth get some return from £15m Ibe, Chelsea lack plan B without Diego Costa, Burnley are not long-ball side and Jamaal Lascelles has grown up fast

Manchester City and Manchester United have goal differences of +14 after five matches. That is more than Celtic in the Scottish Premier League, a division routinely mocked for being uncompetitive. If the Manchester clubs carry on winning by the margins they have enjoyed so far, then they will surpass the Premier League’s record goal difference (+71 racked up by Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea in 2009-10), the best ever mustered by Celtic (+80), the New Saints in Wales (+75) and the preposterous Ligue 1 record set by Paris Saint-Germain two years ago (+83). Of course that is a big ‘if’ because there is a small clutch of teams who could frustrate or even beat them. But United and, in particular, City are likely to ridicule many opponents this season. City beat United to the 2012 title on goal difference (+64 against +56); for José Mourinho there would surely be no sweeter way to prevail over Pep Guardiola this season. Paul Doyle

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