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Arsenal defeat Brighton in the FA Cup 0

Posted on January 25, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal made it through to the fifth round of the FA Cup by winning 3-2 at Championship Brighton on Sunday in an entertaining encounter.

Arsenal enjoyed the perfect start to the game taking the lead after only two minutes. Calum Chambers got down the wing and found winger Theo Walcott in the area. The England international controlled the ball before driving an effort superbly past David Stockdale.

On six minutes Aaron Ramsey saw an effort from the edge of the area deflect wide of goal by a Brighton defender. On 21 minutes Gunners midfielder Tomas Rosicky saw an effort go wide of goal from just outside the penalty box.

Arsenal’s FA Cup chances greater following shock exits this weekend 0

Posted on January 25, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal perhaps couldn’t believe their luck when they saw the amount of surprise FA Cup exits this weekend. The holders, who beat Hull City in last summer’s final at Wembley, were already looking to retain the competition, will have been paying attention to the results on Saturday afternoon that now gives them a real chance at going all the way once more.

Chelsea lost 4-2 at Stamford Bridge against League One outfit Bradford City, Manchester City lost 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium to Championship high-flyers Middlesbrough, Tottenham lost 2-1 at White Hart Lane against Premier League strugglers Leicester City, Southampton lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace at St Mary’s, and Swansea City lost away to Blackburn Rovers.

Mesut Ozil physically stronger following gym work in rehabilitation 0

Posted on January 25, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed the returning Mesut Ozil will be physically stronger after spending time in the gym while rehabilitating from a lengthy injury.

The German international, 26, spent three months on the sidelines with a knee injury, and now he’s ready to return. His physicality is something that has continually been criticised ever since he made the move from Real Madrid, and the Gunners boss admitted that area is something Ozil has been working hard at to improve.

Brighton v Arsenal – Get 5/2 on Arsenal to Win & Both Teams to Score 0

Posted on January 25, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Having defeated last year’s finalists Hull City in the FA Cup third round, Arsenal have been handed a potentially difficult away clash in the fourth round, with the Gunners facing Championship side Brighton in East Sussex.

The Seagulls may have largely struggled this season, but they have seriously raised their form of late, winning four of last five matches in all competitions, with the run also including a 2-0 away win against Brentford in the FA Cup.

In spite of their promising run, it is Arsenal that have got to be considered the favourites to go through, with the Gunners flying high following the impressive away triumph over Premier League holders Manchester City.

Brighton vs. Arsenal FA Cup Preview 0

Posted on January 24, 2015 by David Nugent

Championship Brighton hosts Premier League Arsenal at the Amex Stadium on Sunday in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The Seagulls are currently 19th in the Championship table, just six points clear of the relegation zone.

However, they have hit a spot of form in recent weeks, having won four out of the last five games in all competitions, including a 2-0 win at Championship rivals Brentford in the third round.

Their only defeat in that run of five games was against the highly-flying Londoners and came at the Amex Stadium. The 1-0 defeat is Seagulls boss Chris Hughton only defeat in charge in his five games.

Arsene Wenger will not abandon attacking football 0

Posted on January 23, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that he has no intention of abandoning the Gunners attacking style of play after their 2-0 win at reigning champions Manchester City last time out.

The Gunners produced what was a more pragmatic performance than in recent games against fellow big teams and were rewarded for their approach.

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Wenger told Sky Sports: “I go from too romantic to too pragmatic,”

“We are not going to change our style. Of course we want to be defensively strong, but we want to play.”

Wenger wants changes to work permit regulations 0

Posted on January 23, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called for current work permit rules to be scrapped as the Frenchman believes clubs in England are disadvantaged when it comes to signing non-EU footballers.

The Gunners have reportedly reached an agreement to sign Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal, but it remains to be seen whether the talented footballer will be able to get a work permit and complete his move.

Seeing as how the 24-year-old has yet to represent Brazil at international level, Arsenal officials will have to persuade Home Office that Paulista is an exceptional talent as that is the only way to be granted a work permit.

Injury update ahead of weekend FA Cup clash 0

Posted on January 23, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gave an update of the players currently sidelined with injury, ahead of their FA Cup meeting against Brighton this weekend.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin) and Hector Bellerin (ankle) were both said to be doubtful for the Brighton game, and Wenger has confirmed the young midfielder is still touch and go, saying: “We have some uncertainties about Oxlade-Chamberlain but he will have tests. I’m not sure (if the Ox will be available). He has an inflammation of his groin problems.”

Santi Cazorla in the “best form of his career” 0

Posted on January 23, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has lavished praise on Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla, claiming the 30-year-old is currently enjoying the best form of his career.

The former Malaga man was named Arsenal’s Player of the Month in December as a result of his fine form for the Gunners – scoring five goals and making three assists in his last nine games.

A tactical shift from the wing to now playing more centrally has him shining for the Gunners, with his performance in Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Manchester City really capping what has been an incredible turnaround.

Mesut Ozil set for first start since October 0

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

German midfielder Mesut Ozil will start his first match since early October as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed that the highly rated footballer will be in the starting line-up when the Gunners face Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round.

The 26-year-old suffered a knee injury in the 2-0 loss to Chelsea back on 5th October and he in turn missed some three months of action before returning in the 3-0 victory over Stoke.

And having watched the 2-0 triumph over Manchester City from the bench, Ozil is set for his first start after three months as Arsene Wenger confirmed he will be on the pitch from the first minute in the FA Cup clash with Brighton.



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