Wenger rests easy af­ter his Gun­ners stay in the groove

Premier League: Fine run con­tin­ues af­ter Au­gust’ s hor­ror show at An­field

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you’re not bad in a per­ma­nent way, if you can do some­thing about it, and you’re not good in a per­ma­nent way, if you don’t keep your ur­gency.

“We re­sponded in a united way and we have put some wins to­gether and some good per­for­mances as well.”

Mon­real turned home the 17th-minute opener fol­low­ing a scram­ble in the Al­bion box, be­fore Nige­ria mid­fielder Iwobi in north Lon­don. The 67-year-old, who suc­ceeded Bruce Rioch on Oc­to­ber 1, 1996 and has since won three Premier League ti­tles and seven FA Cups, said he was ini­tially un­aware of the mile­stone oc­ca­sion.

“I did not know about it,” he said.

“I was told by the press. I wouldn’t like to re­flect too much on that. I have kept fo­cus on my job al­ways un­der good and bad cir­cum­stances.

“When you are 21 years some­where you know that you have good and bad mo­ments. No­body can make 21 years and only fly. What I love in the game is to deal with bad mo­ments and find the re­sponse.”

Af­ter Ar­se­nal went ahead, Brighton of­fered some re­sis­tance and al­most equalised when winger Solly March rat­tled the right post fol­low­ing a well-worked free-kick rou­tine.

Al­bion were ul­ti­mately left empty-handed but manger Chris Hughton felt his team gave a good ac­count of them­selves on their first visit to Ar­se­nal in 34 years. Ever­ton man­ager Ron­ald Koe­man in­sists he has no rea­son to think about his fu­ture while the play­ers are still com­mit­ted to his plans.

The Dutch­man re­fused to an­swer when asked, if he was the right man to lead the Tof­fees out of their cur­rent malaise af­ter the 1-0 home de­feat by Burn­ley made it four de­feats in five Premier League matches.

Ever­ton have just seven points from as many games and their per­for­mance against the Clarets was de­void of much gen­uine threat or hope of turn­ing things around once they had gone be­hind to Jeff Hen­drick’s 22nd-minute goal.

Koe­man, how­ever, be­lieves he saw enough in the dis­play to give him con­fi­dence.

“It is not in my hands but I try to get the best out of the play­ers,” he said.

“If there is no com­mit­ment and no ag­gres­sion that is maybe a rea­son to think about my fu­ture but I thank the play­ers for their com­mit­ment today.

“I can’t com­plain about my play­ers today, they did ev­ery­thing. Maybe we could cre­ate more but it is not so easy against Burn­ley. You go down in the re­sult, they are re­ally de­fen­sive-minded, re­ally phys­i­cal.”

Specif­i­cally asked whether he was the right man for Ever­ton, Koe­man said: “I don’t an­swer this type of ques­tion. That is not the busi­ness at this mo­ment.”

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