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Wenger denies Arsenal are favourites to retain FA Cup

Arsenal managed to scrape through to the next round of the FA Cup against Brighton yesterday, while Chelsea, Man City, Tottenham and Southampton were all eliminated the day before, and both Man United and Liverpool are left to fight out replays. This means that there are fewer big dangers to Arsenal retaining the trophy in May, but Arsene Wenger refuses to tempt fate by saying we are now favourites to win it.

Rosicky was sublime – but Arsenal’s performance……

Arsenal back to their usual selves against Brighton by KM

Ahh the FA cup strikes again. After seeing City, Spurs and Chelsea crash out all in one day, it was game on for Arsenal against Brighton. No matter what they say about it, the FA cup is the FA cup and it’s a trophy. It’s one that we now have a realistic chance to win amazingly for a second year in a row.

Arsenal Debate – Should Paulista replace the BFG immediately?

BFG, Kos, Chambers and Paulista – Arsenal centre back conundrum by JS

I believe Wenger took a big risk today in mixing up his back five again in trying to give Ospina, Bellerin and Mertesacker a rest. After yesterday’s results and the fact we have a full week before the next game, I wanted to see us pick up where we left off last weekend with maybe a few gentle reintroductions if we managed to get in to a comfortable position in the match. Whilst I love the fact that we are through, we missed the chance to have made a bigger statement with a comfortable 3-0 win. If Wenger was certain that Mertesacker needed a rest then we would have looked much stronger defensively with Bellerin at right back and Chambers in at right centre back and Koscielny in his normal position at left centre back. Anyway, I digress slightly.

Arsenal fans update on Champions League rivals Monaco

It was a very happy Champions League draw for Arsenal Football Club and the fans, especially after all the tough draws the Gunners have been getting in recent years. But even though the French Ligue 1 outfit Monaco was about as good as we could have hoped for, there are no pushovers at this point of the elite European competition.

And if Arsene Wenger and the players go into the double-header knockout tie with any such illusions then we could be heading for our usual early exit, so I thought it was about time we had a good luck at the Monaco team that will be heading to north London for the first leg in about a month.

Why the FA could stitch Arsenal up AGAIN on work permit!!

It seems pretty evident that Arsene Wenger and whoever else is involved in getting the transfer deals done for Arsenal are confident that the club will be issued with a work permit for Gabriel Paulista, as we have already agreed the terms of the deal and will apparently complete the transfer of the 24-year old once he has undergone a medial with Arsenal later today.

Have Arsenal got EPL momentum at the PERFECT time?

One thing that Arsenal have done really well in the last few years is to put very good runs of results and performances together, often just when we have really needed to. There is a theory that the Gunners need to be up against it to really produce our best stuff, but I think you have to take the awful luck we have had with injury problems into consideration as well.

WTF are Arsenal playing at with Campbell?

I am still in shock that Arsene Wenger has allowed Joel Campbell to leave Arsenal for the Spanish La Liga club Villarreal. If the ESPN report is right, we paid the release clause for Paulista so we did not have to include Campbell in the deal. It is only on loan until the end of the season apparently, but what if we need another striker in between now and then?

The Gunners have already let two strikers go this month, with Lukas Podolski going to Serie A with Inter Milan and Yaya Sanogo staying in the Premier League with Crystal Palace. That leaves us with Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Coquelin could leave Arsenal for free in the summer

Arsene Wenger has been hailed as a master for his stroke of genius due to the fact that the Arsenal boss recalled Francis Coquelin from his loan deal at Charlton, but the fact that he did not secure a new contract for the French midfielder may yet come back to bite him in the bum!

Arsenal now RED HOT favourites to win FA cup! But will we?

Arsenal fans will be hoping that the bookies have got this one right, as the men whose job it is to predict the most likely outcomes have installed the Gunners as favourites to win the FA cup again in May, retaining the trophy that we won last year at Wembley to end the nine year wait for silverware.

The Gunners bucked the trend of the weekend by managing to overcome lower league opposition in the fourth round, although it was a bit nerve wracking at times. I said before the game that Iwould be happy with a draw which would see Brighton have to come to the Emirates, but a clean win is obviously much better and makes Arsenal the highest ranking side certain to be playing in the next round.

Brighton v Arsenal review – Fast starting Gunners shoot down Seagulls

Any concerns from Arsenal fans that the Gunners might add to the weekend of FA cup shocks with a potentially tricky away tie at Brighton will have increased when they saw the team sheet. Arsene Wenger made a number of changes, leaving Alexis, Cazorla, Coquelin and Mertesacker on the bench.

But those fears will not have lasted long, as Arsenal came out of the traps like a champion greyhound, dazzling the home side with our pace, passing and pressing off the ball. And it took us less than two minutes to get on the score sheet, with a great run down the right and cross from Chambers being controlled perfectly by Walcott before being arrowed past Stockdale.

Official teams and preview of Brighton v Arsenal

Arsenal have been handed a fantastic bonus and a great chance to defend the FA cup trophy we won in that dramatic Wembley final back in May last year, with the magic of the cup waving it’s wand and getting rid of Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham for us in a crazy day of cup shocks.

But yesterday was also a warning to big clubs like us that we should not take anything for granted. Hopefully the players will have taken this and previous warnings from Arsene Wenger fully on board and will make sure that there are no shocks at the Amex Stadium in Brighton today.

Why FA cup draw would be GOOD result for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players will obviously be heading to Brighton today with the idea of beating the Championship side Brighton and booking the Gunners a place in the fifth round of the FA cup. I am not suggesting that we `play for a draw` by any means.

But I am suggesting that we try to play with some of the solidity and determination that won us the game against Man City at the Etihad stadium last weekend. The manager and his players should not go all guns blazing today and they should not worry too much and throw caution to the wind if the lower league side give us a rough ride. Neither should the Arsenal fans be too upset if we have to bring Brighton back to north London for a cup replay at the Emirates stadium.