Arsene Wenger delighted with Arsenal's 'united' response to Anfield mauling

EXCLUSIVE- Chris Hughton admits Arsenal are Brighton's biggest test but says Seagulls full of belief

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger relished proving his critics wrong as he celebrated his 21st anniversary in the job with victory over Premier League newcomers Brighton.

Solly March hit a post with a ferocious free-kick as Brighton responded brightly before Aaron Ramsey went close.

Iwobi started in place of the injured Mesut Ozil and made it 2-0 when he rifled home a backheel from Alexis Sanchez in the 56th minute.

Albion now head into the next global break with a number of positives from a period of games that has produced two league wins from a possible four.

However, the Gunners did take the lead in the 16th minute when Monreal found the net from around 12 yards out after Brighton had earlier cleared off the line during a scramble inside the box.

The 28-year-old forward was unable was unable to claim a maiden Premier League goal of the season but his performance offered a vindication of Wenger's hardball transfer window tactics, which left Sanchez unable to complete a deadline-day move to Manchester City.

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Many of the Premier League's big teams bought new strikers this summer and they all seem to be performing well early in their Premier League careers.

Centre-back Mustafi then glanced the ball marginally wide of his own goal as Brighton began to lay siege to Cech's goal in search of a goal which would only increase the nervousness in the Arsenal defensive third. For us it was a very testing week, we had two home games, one long away trip in the Europa League.

This has led to renewed questioning by some Arsenal fans as to whether Wenger should continue at the helm, especially as the Gunners have dropped out of the Champions League this season.

Chris Hughton's side created a few chances in the final few minutes of the game and could have got a goal back.

Arsenal were by far the better side from the first whistle.

"We got the clean sheet, we got the three points", he told BT Sport. "Brighton are a very good team and they made it hard for us, but it's a great result to win the game and come out with a clean sheet", Iwobi told his club's website after the win.

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