Brighton Coach Roberto De Zerbi has singled out a standout player from Arsenal who consistently keeps him on edge – it’s not Saka or Martinelli, but the relentless force of a singular talent in their team.
Whenever this particular player takes possession of the ball, anxiety creeps into the opposing defenders, making him the focal point of concern for Brighton.
De Zerbi acknowledges the unique threat posed by this Arsenal player, who seems to be the lone warrior creating sleepless nights for him in the lead-up to their upcoming clash.
Despite Brighton securing a triumphant 1-0 win over Marseille, courtesy of Joao Pedro’s late winner, Scottish international Billy Gilmour is already shifting his focus to the imminent showdown against Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.
The 22-year-old midfielder, basking in his current run of excellent form, expressed his eagerness to go as far as possible in the competition after topping their Europa League group.
In an interview with TNT Sports right after the Marseille victory, Gilmour highlighted the team’s excitement over securing three points but swiftly turned attention to the upcoming challenge against Arsenal.
Acknowledging Arsenal’s strength, especially with recent additions like Declan Rice and Kai Havertz, Gilmour is optimistic about replicating success against the formidable opponents.
Working under the guidance of Coach Roberto De Zerbi is a source of joy for Gilmour, and he is relishing the opportunity to maintain his current form. Expressing his desire to contribute significantly on the field, Gilmour emphasized the collective effort of the team, acknowledging the challenges faced in some previous results.
The victory over Marseille not only secured Brighton’s spot in the last 16 of the Europa League but also ensures a March 2024 date for their next knockout stage tie, following the draw scheduled for February 23.
Brighton’s ambition is clear – not only to make a mark in the Europa League but also to maintain a high standard in the Premier League, demonstrating their resilience and determination to succeed on multiple fronts.