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• Urge govt to issue bonds for infrastructure project 

Participants at the 2017 Nigerian Debt Capital Markets Conference and Awards, organised by the FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange in Lagos, at the weekend, have urged Federal Government-owned firms companies to issue bonds for infrastructure project in order to expand the nation’s debt capital market.

Besides, they also urged government to ensure that all interventions and assisted funding must be issued in bonds, note form, and subsequently listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), or FMDQ platform.

A debt issue is a fixed corporate or government obligation, such as a bond or debenture. A debt issue is a financial obligation that allows the issuer to raise funds by promising to repay the lender at a certain point in the future and in accordance with the terms of the contract.

Indeed, the participants argued that if the nation’s debt capital market was expanded, there would be effective mobilisation, and allocation of financial resources to fast-track economic growth.They added that robust debt capital market would go a long way to boost the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP), and make it more competitive in the global market.

Furthermore, they suggested that regulators must fast-track the issuance process, build capacity, and raise the standard of issuers in the market.
Specifically, the Chief Executive Officer, Chapel Hill Denham, Bolaji Balogun, argued that government must be strategic to fast-track Nigeriaís economic growth, and stimulate activities in the market.He argued that there was the need to transform the market from primary commodity market to a robust debt capital market to develop the country and secure its future.

According to him, the country can witness a reasonable level of growth if government compelled firmsí receiving concessions or subsidies to float initial public offerings (IPOs) in the market within three years.

Government must privatise all major government-owned assets, and list them in the market to grow this economy in a sustainable manner. The economy had witnessed unprecedented drag over the years. Infrastructure in Nigeria needs to be financed largely in local currency because the U.S. dollar trail risk for Nigeria to price everything in dollar denominated currency is huge. The current impact in power on infrastructure owners, banks, government and the people is plain to see.î

The Partner, Templars Law, Zelda Akindele, said Nigeria would witness less volatilities associated with foreign exchange (forex) issues if the nationís debt capital market is considered a major option for project financing.If there is sufficient debt capital market, the forex issue would have been less painful. We need to tap into local sources financing to fund infrastructure and support investment in Nigeria.

There are large spaces for innovations, product offerings, and development, and these products must meet the needs of the market to accelerate growth.
The Managing Director and Chief Economist, Africa, Standard Chartered Bank, UK, Ms. Razia Khan, said Nigerian regulators must ensure increased collaboration with market players to enhance activities in the debt capital market.

There are regulations without full framework. Regulators must work hand in hand with the market players to improve transparent and disclosures in the market.The Managing Director, United Capital Plc, Mrs Oluwatoyin Sanni, had, in a recent interview with The Guardian, explained that Nigeria cannot expand its debt capital market without stable and lower interest rates and foreign exchange regime.

She said: “The Debt Capital Market will benefit from stable and lower interest rates on the shorter end of the curve. A stable foreign exchange regime must be created.“Economic policy stability and predictability, reduced activity by the Federal Government in the domestic debt capital market to avoid crowding out the corporate and sub-national segment.”

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At least 59 people have been killed and another 527 injured in a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert.

A gunman, named as 64-year-old Nevada resident Stephen Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel towards an open-air music festival attended by 22,000.

He killed himself as police stormed the room where 10 guns were found.

Investigators have found no link to international terrorism, despite a claim from so-called Islamic State.

In an address from the White House, President Donald Trump described the attack as "pure evil".

He praised the efforts of the emergency services, saying their "miraculous" speed saved lives, and announced he would be visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday.

With First Lady Melania by his side, he later observed a moment of silence on the White House lawn.

How did the attack unfold?

 A police scanner captures the moment police burst into gunman's room

The final shows of the three-day Route 91 country music festival were in full swing when the gunman struck.

Thousands were enjoying a performance by top-billing singer Jason Aldean when the first of several bursts of automatic gunfire rang out - hundreds of shots, witnesses say. That was late on Sunday night - 22:08 local time (05:08 GMT on Monday).

Hundreds of concert-goers scrambled for cover, flattening themselves against the ground, rushing for the exits or helping others to escape as Paddock sprayed the site from his high vantage point.

People at concert duck behind barrier and take coverImage copyrightGETTY Hundreds of concert-goers fled the scene or ducked for cover amid heavy gunfire

"One man had blood all over him and that's when I knew something was seriously wrong," Mike Thompson from London, told the BBC.

"People were running and there was chaos."

Las Vegas city map showing location of hotel from where gunman shot at least 50 people dead at a country music concert, 2 October 2017

Concert-goer Mike McGarry, who survived, told Reuters he lay on top of his children when the shots rang out.

"They're 20, I'm 53. I lived a good life," he said.

Many hotels on the Las Vegas strip close to the scene were placed on police lockdown and parts of Las Vegas Boulevard were shut.

Aldean, who was rushed off-stage, shared his reaction on Instagram.

"Tonight has been beyond horrific," he wrote.

Las Vegas police say the number of people injured stands at 515.

What do we know of the gunman?

Suspected gunman - undated imageImage copyrightPADDOCK Suspected gunman Stephen Paddock - undated image

Stephen Paddock, from a community of senior citizens in the small town of Mesquite north-east of Las Vegas, booked into the hotel on 28 September, police say.

His motives for carrying out the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history remain a mystery. Some investigators have suggested psychological issues, but there is no confirmation of this.

His brother, Eric, is dumbfounded that he acted this way.

 
Eric Paddock says he is in total shock after police named his brother, Stephen, as the shooter

Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo described the shooting as a "lone wolf" attack.

"We have no idea what his belief system was," he said.

So-called Islamic State (IS) has claimed to be behind the attack, saying that Paddock had converted to Islam some months ago.

But the group provided no evidence for this and has made unsubstantiated claims in the past.

FBI Special Agent Aaron Rouse told a news conference: "We have determined at this point no connection to an international terrorist organisation."

IS's claim of responsibility for the Las Vegas attack is very unusual in that the perpetrator's profile does not fit that of supporters or "soldiers" that the group has claimed in the past, writes Mina al-Lami, who monitors jihadist groups for the BBC.

If true, his suicide would be deemed wholly "un-Islamic", she adds.

Jihadist suicides involve the assailant blowing himself up in order to kill those around him.

A couple, wearing country music hats, cower together at the scene of a shooting at musical festivalImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
A couple at the concert take cover after gunfire was heard at country music festival

The investigation continues to gather pace, with searches at Paddock's Mesquite home, where more weapons were found, and a second property.

Paddock lived in Mesquite with Marilou Danley. Police have interviewed her but say she does not appear to have been involved as she was out of the country. They are hoping to speak to her again.

Police say he used some of her identity documents to check in to the Mandalay Bay.

Who are the victims?

The authorities have yet to confirm the identities of any of the 58 killed.

Jordan McIldoon, 23, from British Columbia in Canada, has been identified as a victim of the attack by CBC News.

A nurse, Sonny Melton, of Big Sandy, Tennessee, has been named as another victim by The Jackson Sun newspaper.

In a Facebook post, his wife, Dr Heather Gulish Melton, said she "lost my true love and knight in shining armor. I appreciate the prayers but I just need some time."

An off-duty Las Vegas police officer was another of those who died.

Chart showing mass shooting incidents in the US

What gun laws does Nevada have?

Nevada has some of the least stringent gun laws in the United States.

People are allowed to carry weapons and do not have to register themselves as a gun-owner.

Background checks are done when people buy guns, but they are also allowed to sell them privately.

Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a shooting six years ago, called for political leaders in Washington to introduce tougher gun laws following the Las Vegas attack.

Her husband Mark Kelly read out a joint statement on the steps of the Capitol saying thoughts and prayers from the White House were not enough to stop the next shooting.


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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 00:56

NJC begins probe of 15 judges

•Welcomes Zamfara’s acceptance of Justice Anka’s sack over N200, 000 bribe

The National Judicial Council (NJC) is probing 15 judges for alleged misconduct.

Two of those under investigation are Chief Judges.

Fifteen committees – one for each of the cases – have been constituted to handle the petitions.

But the NJC’s Informastion Director Soji Oye, who confirmed the probe in a statement, did not name the judges.

Oye said the NJC constituted the committees at its 83rd meeting last week in Abuja after considering the reports of the two Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committees (PCAC) it set up to examine 46 petitions written against judges of federal and state courts.

The NJC also agreed to recommend Lagos lawyer Adesina Ogunlana to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC.) for allegedly using “uncouth” language in a petition he wrote against a former Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade.

Oye said the NJC treated as withdrawn, the petitions against Ondo State’s Acting Chief Judge, Justice O. O. Akeredolu and Justice J. T. Tsoho of the Federal High Court.

NJC, he said, issued two letters of advice to Hon. Mr. Justice M. A. Dada of the Lagos State High Court and Hon. Mr. Justice Chukwudi Charles Okaa of the Anambra State High Court for violation of extant laws in the course of their judicial duties

The statement added: “It (NJC) dismissed a total number of 31 petitions, 29 of which it found unmeritorious, and the remaining two written against Hon. Mr. Justice J. T. Tsoho of the Federal High Court and Hon. Mr. Justice O. O. Akeredolu, Acting Chief Judge of Ondo State, were withdrawn at the instance of the petitioners.

“Al-Sagr National Insurance Company that wrote against Hon. Mr. Justice Tsoho withdrew its petition since the Hon. Judge had delivered the ruling in his case.

“Chief Raheem A. Badmus who wrote against Hon. Justice Akeredolu also voluntarily withdrew his petition for personal reasons.

“Council treated the two petitions as withdrawn, since it did not find anything in them sufficiently serious for further consideration as stipulated in Regulation 9 (1) of the Judicial Discipline Regulations.

“Council considered and found worthy of further investigation, the petition written by Azi A. Phillip on behalf of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Plateau State Chapter, accusing Hon. Justice P. D. Damulak, the immediate past Chief Judge of Plateau State of bias, for failure to make his judgment in suit No. PLD/J/236/16 delivered on 4th November, 2016 available to him till the time he wrote the petition.

“Council however decided not to constitute an investigative committee to look into the matter, because the Hon. Chief Judge had already retired from service and therefore no longer in the employment of the National Judicial Council.

“It also considered and dismissed petitions written against two other judicial officers for lack of merit. They are Hon. Justice Mr. L. T. C. Eruba – High Court of Justice, Abia State; andHon. Grand Kadi Abdullahi Waiya – Sharia’h Court of Appeal, Kano State.

“It also decided to issue two letters of advice to Hon. Mr. Justice M. A. Dada of the Lagos State High Court of Justice and Hon. Mr. Justice Chukwudi Charles Okaa of the Anambra State High Court for violation of extant laws in the course of their judicial duties based on petition written against their Lordships by Dayo Adamolekun, Esq. & Ridwanulah Olanite, Esq. and Reverend F. U. Ekavhiare & Associates respectively.

“ Council agreed to report Adesina Ogunlana, Esq., to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (L.P.D.C.) for misconduct, for the use of uncouth language in a petition written to the National Judicial Council against Hon. Justice O. O. Atilade, the immediate past Chief Judge of Lagos State.

“Council welcomed as good development, a letter from Zamfara State Government approving the recommendation of the National Judicial Council for the compulsory removal of Hon. Mr. Justice Musa Ibrahim Anka from office for allegedly receiving a bribe of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200, 000) from one Zubairu Abdumalik in order to deliver judgement in his favour.

“The recommendation was made to the Zamfara State Government by Council in 2011.”

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At least 17 people were killed over the weekend in clashes linked to a symbolic declaration of independence by Cameroon’s anglophone minority, concurring sources said on Monday.

Amnesty International said “at least” 17 people were killed by security forces in the country’s two English-speaking regions, a figure that concurred with a toll given by official sources, who said two Nigerians were among the dead. An earlier tally compiled by AFP put the death toll at seven, who were shot dead by security forces.

AFP

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Fifty-eight people are now known to have been killed in a mass shooting at an open air concert in Las Vegas while another 515 were wounded, police said Monday.

“The number of people who have died associated with this event has increased. Right now we’re using the number of 58,” Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters.

“The number of injured — we are using the number of 515.”

AFP

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The All Progressives Congress ( APC ) in Anambra on Sunday named Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Productivity as the state chairman of Dr Tony Nwoye 2017 Governorship Campaign Organisation.

The minister of Labour and Productivity is to be assisted by Chief George Muoghalu as vice chairman.

More than 50 other persons were named as chairmen and vice chairmen of various directorates of the campaign organisation by the party.

Mr Emeka Ibe, the Anambra State Chairman of APC, who announced  the membership  before inaugurating the committee, charged them to commit their time and resources to the success of Nwoye governorship project.

Ibe said that the party has a capable candidate that would  make history in the Nov.18 governorship election in the state.

NAN reports that all the aspirant of the Anambra governorship race except Sen. Andy Uba were named as members of the campaign organisation.

Mr Osita Ezenwa, the Director-General of the Nwoye Campaign Organisation commended the composition of the various sub-committees.

He said that there was a lot of work to be done and added that the party would make the desired change in the governance of Anambra.

“We must all work hard and together in the task of seeing to the success of our candidate, Dr Tony Nwoye, in the Nov.18 election so that on Nov.19 we all will rejoice that we have finally won’’, he said.

The National Secretariat of  APC had earlier named Gov Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi  State  as the national chairman of Nwoye Campaign Organisation.

NAN

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At least seven people were killed in Cameroon’s restive anglophone belt at the weekend as a separatist group made a symbolic declaration of independence.

The separatists chose October 1, the anniversary of the official reunification of the anglophone and francophone parts of Cameroon, to declare independence for “Ambazonia”, the name of the state they want to create.

Since November, the anglophone minority has been protesting against perceived discrimination.

The government deployed security forces at the weekend in English-speaking regions, notably Buea in the southwest and Bamenda, the main town in the northwest and a hub of anglophone agitation.

Several people were admitted to hospital in Bamenda Sunday after clashes between demonstrators and police, according to a medical source.

“At least one person was injured by live fire” in Bamenda, where the situation was “very tense”, a source close to the local authorities told AFP.

The “security forces had to resort to tear gas and sometimes to shots to disperse the protesters”, the source said by telephone.

Bamenda residents contacted by AFP reported “shooting” by the security forces without giving further details.

– ‘Real bullets’ –
One of the leaders of the opposition Social Democratic Front (SDF), Joshua Osih, told AFP the security forces were “firing real bullets at the protesters” but stressed that he was not a supporter of the secessionist movement.

In Ndop, 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Bamenda, two people were “shot dead”, according to sources, while one was killed in Kumbo on the sidelines of the protests, city mayor Donatus Njong said.

Also in Kumbo, three prison inmates were shot and killed trying to escape while security forces were mobilised for the deployments in anglophone regions, a source close to regional authorities said.

A young man was shot dead by security forces on Saturday in the southwest town of Kumba, known as a rebellious city since the start of the protests, sparking clashes between security forces and the local population.

“They fired at him during a security operation,” a nurse who requested anonymity told AFP. The incident was confirmed by a security source and several local residents contacted by phone.

Cameroon’s long-serving president, 84-year-old Paul Biya, took to social media Sunday to condemn “all acts of violence, no matter where they come from or who is responsible.”

The European Union called on all sides to be responsible and “respect the rule of law and avoid any act of violence.”

The crisis provoked by the protests, which was exacerbated at the start of 2017 when internet access was cut for three months, has intensified in recent weeks with the push to symbolically proclaim independence of the English-speaking regions.

On September 22, “between 30 and 80,000” people demonstrated across Cameroon’s anglophone regions, according to estimates by the International Crisis Group (ICG).

– ‘No longer slaves’ –
The symbolic declaration of independence was made Sunday on social media by Sisiku Ayuk, who describes himself as the “president” of Ambazonia.

“We are no longer slaves of Cameroon,” he said.

“Today we affirm the autonomy of our heritage and our territory.”

Ahead of the declaration, Cameroonian authorities announced a temporary curb on travel and public meetings across the Southwest Region, adding to a curfew in the neighbouring Northwest Region, also English-speaking.

Internet access has been disrupted since Friday, according to an AFP journalist, despite government assurances that there would be no cutting of access in the anglophone areas.

The majority of Cameroon’s 22 million people are French-speaking, while about a fifth are English speakers.

The legacy dates back to 1961, when a formerly British entity, Southern Cameroons, united with Cameroon after its independence from France in 1960.

The anglophone minority has long complained about disparities in the distribution of Cameroon’s oil wealth.

Since November, the anglophone minority has been protesting against perceived discrimination especially in education and the judicial system, where they say the French language and traditions are being imposed on them, even though English is one of the country’s two official languages.

Most anglophone campaigners want the country to resume a federalist system — an approach that followed the 1961 unification but was later scrapped in favour of a centralised government run from the capital Yaounde. A hardline minority is calling for secession.

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday charged the Armed Forces to remain loyal to the Nation in the face of agitations from various sections of the county.

The President, who addressed troops fighting the Boko Haram terrorists in the North East as part activities marking the Nation’s 57th Independence anniversary, said such loyalty was imperative to sustain the nation’s peace and unity.

“Even for selfish reasons, your loyalty ought to be to the centre, first.

“The security of this nation is in the hands of God and in the hands of the security.

“If you don’t stand firm, I assure you if Nigeria doesn’t exist, the first to be insecure are the security agencies because no matter how many parts Nigeria will be divided, nobody will take another General to preside over his country,” Buhari said.

On those agitating for separation, Buhari dismissed them as noise makers, adding that he knew much about the nation, having participated in the 30 months civil war which began in 1967 and ended in 1970.

“I was involved in civil war for 30 months, I know much about this country.

“Those making noise about the stability of this country were not born then. They don’t know what it means to be a nationalist,” he said.

To the troops, he said: “I thought the only honour I can present to the military and other stakeholders on this great day is to come and address you, who are in the frontline.

“I am pleased with the Nation and responsible opinions from all over the world, congratulating this administration for the progress we have made.

“I personally thank the Governor of this state, Borno, Kashim Shettima for his courage throughout the crisis – Boko Haram insurgency.”

The president gave the assurance that under his leadership resources would be made available to support the Armed Forces.

He said that unless the nation is secured nobody would be able to pursue his or her business.

“I expect in return from you to be loyal and loyalty is from the bottom upward, from private to Lance Corporal, Corporal, up to Sergeant, Generals, Service Chiefs, otherwise the centre will not hold.

“But this centre is determined to hold,” the President said.

NAN

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Jeff Hendrick increased the pressure on Everton manager Ronald Koeman with the only goal in a 1-0 win for Burnley at Goodison Park.

The midfielder finished a flowing, passing move in the 21st minute of the Super Sunday clash to leave Everton in 16th, two points above the relegation zone, ahead of the international break.

The win means Burnley have picked up eight away points this season - more than they managed in the whole of the previous campaign - despite playing Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton in those fixtures.

However, Koeman - who was tipped for the sack by some of the Sunday newspapers if he lost this game - saw his side suffer their fourth loss in seven Premier League matches so far, despite the second-half introduction of Wayne Rooney from the substitutes' bench.

Player ratings

Everton: Pickford (6), Baines (5), Keane (5), Williams (4), Martina (5), Schneiderlin (4), Gueye (5), Sigurdsson (5), Niasse (6), Vlasic (4), Calvert-Lewin (6)

Subs: Rooney (5), Davies (6), Ramirez (n/a)

Burnley: Pope (7), Lowton (7), Tarkowski (8), Mee (7), Ward (8), Cork (7), Hendrick (8), Defour (7), Arfield (7), Brady (7), Wood (7)

Subs: Barnes (n/a)

Man of the match: James Tarkowski (Burnley)

Everton actually started well, Gylfi Sigurdsson shooting straight at Nick Pope with a presentable early chance and Oumar Niasse also forcing a save from the Burnley goalkeeper, before the visitors opened the scoring with a 24-pass move involving nine players.

After some tidy build-up play, Stephen Ward cut the ball back to Hendrick near the penalty spot and he took a touch past Morgan Schneiderlin before rifling low past Jordan Pickford.

Team news

Ronald Koeman sprung a surprise as Oumar Niasse and Dominic Calvert-Lewin started up front with Wayne Rooney dropped to the bench. Michael Keane started against former club Burnley - who were unchanged from last week's draw with Huddersfield.

Burnley ended the first half on top and wanted a penalty when Scott Arfield went down under a challenge from Ashley Williams - but the midfielder was correctly booked by referee Jon Moss for simulation.

When Niasse headed Everton's first chance of the second half wide of Pope's goal in the 63rd minute, Koeman responded immediately by introducing Rooney for Schneiderlin, before Tom Davies came on to replace the ineffective Nikola Vlasic six minutes later.

Jeff Hendrick celebrates scoring
Jeff Hendrick celebrates scoring

But it was Burnley who carved out the best chance of the second half, as Pickford was forced to block Robbie Brady's cross across the six-yard box with Chris Wood hoping for a tap-in.

And despite long-range efforts from both Rooney and Davies in the closing stages - and an injury-time penalty appeal which struck the chest, rather than hand, of Matt Lowton - they rarely looked like scoring and the home fans booed the players off the pitch.

Opta stats

  • Everton have already lost as many league games at Goodison Park this term as they did in the whole of Koeman's first season at the club (2 in 2016/17).
  • There were 24 passes in the build-up to Burnley's opener; the second-most for a Premier League goal in 2017/18 (after Fabian Delph v Crystal Palace - 31).
  • Hendrick's goal also featured the most passes in the build-up of any Burnley goal in Premier League history (24).
  • Burnley pair James Tarkowski and Ben Mee have made more blocks between them (30) than 16 of the other 19 Premier League teams this season.

Man of the Match - James Tarkowski

Many may have feared for Burnley defensively when Michael Keane left for Everton over the summer, but 24-year-old James Tarkowski has filled the void superbly. Not only is he an ultra-reliable defender - he made 12 clearances, four tackles and three blocks in the game - but his passing statistics were superior to any of his team-mates.

Sky Sports co-commentator Andy Hinchcliffe said: "It has to be James Tarkowski. Michael Keane's departure gave him a chance and he really has taken it. It's been an outstanding, individual defensive display. He was rock-solid, giving Burnley a defensive platform and that's exactly what you need away from home playing this way." Sean Dyche appears to have unearthed another gem.

What's next?

After the international break, Everton travel to Brighton on Sunday October 15, while Burnley are next in action 24 hours earlier at home to West Ham.

 
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Goals from Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi stretched Arsenal's unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions in a 2-0 win over Brighton.

Monreal's first goal since March 2013 and Iwobi's first of the season helped Arsenal on their way and although Chris Hughton's side put in a spirited performance, with Solly March and Davy Propper coming close in the first half, Arsenal's quality showed in a dominant display.

Three points for Arsenal means they jump up to fifth in the Premier League table, while Brighton remain in 14th. 

Player ratings

Arsenal: Cech (6), Holding (6), Mustafi (6), Monreal (7), Bellerin (6), Xhaka (6), Ramsey (7), Kolasinac (6), Iwobi (7), Sanchez (8), Lacazette (7)

Subs: Walcott (5), Giroud (5), El Neny (4)

Brighton: Ryan (7), Bruno (6), Dunk (7), Duffy (8), Bong (6), Izquierdo (6), Stephens (6), Propper (6), , March (6), Gross (6), Brown (4)

Subs: Knockaert (5), Schelotto (5), Murray (6)

Man of the match: Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal started firmly on the front foot as Alexandre Lacazette's strike hit the post and evaded Alexis Sanchez just minutes before Mat Ryan was called into action in the 13th minute to get down and save Iwobi's first-time effort.

But Arsene Wenger's side did break the deadlock on 16 through Monreal, who placed his attempt into the bottom corner after the ball bounced around the penalty area following three blocked Arsenal shots.

Brighton responded brightly after going a goal down. March's 20-yard shot smacked the post before Lewis Dunk fired the rebound wide. Ten minutes later and Lacazette broke through following a sloppy back-pass miscontrolled by Dunk, but the France international's shot was too timid to really trouble Ryan.

Team news

Rob Holding and Alex Iwobi came into the Arsenal lineup. Laurent Koscielny misses out and Mohamed Elneny drops to the bench. Nine changes overall.

Chris Hughton made three changes. Izzy Brown cames in for the suspended Tomer Hemed up top, club-record signing Jose Izquierdo makes his first Premier League start of the season and Gaeten Bong is drafted in to the starting line-up. Anthony Knockaert and Markus Suttner drop to the bench.

The Australian goalkeeper was called into action once again shortly before half-time as he smartly used his feet to clear Aaron Ramsey's low strike following a rapid counter-attack. At the other end, Propper curled his effort just wide of Petr Cech's goal from a tight angle.

Arsenal began the second half in dominant fashion and Iwobi slotted home in the 56th minute as he latched onto a stunning backheel from Sanchez. The Chile international almost piled on the misery moments later but his shot was cleared off the line by Dunk, who then smothered Lacazette's shot with a perfectly-timed block in the 67th minute.

Brighton rallied late on with substitute Glenn Murray making an impact off the bench as his vicious header hit the side netting five minutes from time, but Arsenal held on to secure a crucial victory.

Alex Iwobi scored Arsenal's second after a slick move
Alex Iwobi scored Arsenal's second after a slick move

The Chile international put in a fine display against Brighton as he set the tempo for the majority of their attacks.

His fine backheel for Iwobi's goal highlighted the quality Arsenal's star winger has, while he was unlucky not to have a goal of his own following Dunk's excellent block off the line.

What's next?

Arsenal travel to take on high-flying Watford for an evening kick-off on October 14 after the international break. Brighton, meanwhile, face Everton on Super Sunday on October 15.

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