Brighton manager Chris Hughton has praised Arsene Wenger ahead of his side’s visit to the Emirates Stadium.
Hughton took Brighton up to the Premier League for the first time in their history, and is happy he will have the opportunity to come up against Arsene Wenger.
Last season, it was looking doubtful that Wenger would still be Arsenal manager, as his contract approached its end and results suffered.
However, Wenger signed a new contract, and Hughton feels Wenger should stick around for as long as he wants.
“It’s good for the league and for football. He’s an outstanding manager and has had a huge contribution to the game here. That type of individual you want to see him here as long as he wants to be here,” he said, as reported by the Brighton & Hove Independent.
Hughton is especially impressed with Wenger’s ability to cope with the pressures of modern day football and the demands for major silverware at Arsenal.
“He copes with it incredibly well because of the experience he’s got.
“There’s a different type of pressure when you are a smaller club in the division or a new club the pressure is trying to get the results which will keep you in the division.
“When you are an Arsenal and an Arsene Wenger the pressure is always getting the results you are expected to get, staying in the Champions League and winning cups.
“Maybe the only thing he hasn’t experienced is being at the other end of the table but he would have experienced everything that goes with the pressure of being with a team that has high expectations.
“He would be used to dealing with it. He would have gone through every one of the experiences.”
Hughton has been manager of Brighton since 2014 and was in charge the last time the two clubs met.
Arsenal played Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round during the 2014/15 season and secured a 3-2 victory thanks to goals from Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil and Tomas Rosicky.
Their previous encounters in recent years also came in the FA Cup. Arsenal travelled to Brighton during the 2012/13 season in the FA Cup and won 3-2, with goals from Giroud and Walcott.
The game on Sunday will be the first time the club have met in the top division for several decades.