Category Archives: FA cup news

Phil Neville highlights anti-Arsenal media bias! Do we care?

\it is something that the Arsenal fans have become used to over the years and so I was not really surprised to hear the former Man United, Everton and England midfielder Phil Neville come out with his daft comments about Tomas Rosicky on last night’s Match of the Day. Not surprised but a bit saddened and I feel the need to pick him up on it.

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.

Arsenal boss vows to go BIG in Brighton but NO Cazorla

Arsene Wenger has declared that he is determined to build on Arsenal’s fantastic away win over the Premier League champions Man City last weekend. And that starts today, with another away game in the fourth round of the FA cup.

That is why the boss has vowed to pick a very strong starting line-up, even though we are facing a team in the bottom half of the Championship in Brighton and Hove Albion. Wenger also referred to the strength of the Arsenal bench at the Etihad stadium though, which had Szczesny, Gibbs, Chambers, Flamini, Rosicky, Ozil and Walcott, and admitted that some of those players would be starting today.

Why Arsenal SHOULD start Szczesny against Brighton

There has been a lot of talk about the Arsenal goalkeeping situation this season already, and it has become a much bigger topic in recent weeks. Not only has our usual number one lost his starting place to David Ospina since New Years Day, but there are now Arsenal transfer rumours suggesting that Arsene Wenger is looking for a permanent replacement.

ANOTHER reason for Arsenal to unleash Walcott on Brighton

When Arsene Wenger revealed the latest Arsenal injury news, the doubts over the fitness of the two England international stars Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may have been bad news for them and the manager, but one Gunner who may have been less upset is Theo Walcott.

With two of our regular forwards out of action, Walcott has a great chance of starting the FA cup fourth round clash away to Brighton on Sunday and I’m sure that the 25-year old is desperate to start his second game for Arsenal since damaging his cruciate ligaments over a year ago. That other game was the 3rd round victory over Hull City and his final game last season was also in the FA cup, so Walcott seems tied up with the cup competition.

Cazorla – Arsenal aiming to win the FA Cup AGAIN

Our very own Spanish magician Santiago Cazorla is preparing to face lowly Brighton in Sundays FA Cup Fourth-round tie this weekend, but he is not only thinking about getting in the fraw for the ext round, he wants to see Arsenal go on to lift the trophy at Wembley again.

“It’s similar [to the Copa del Rey] but the FA Cup here is very important for every club,” Santi said on Arsenal.com. “It’s a big, big trophy for all the teams here, and in Spain the Copa del Rey is the same.

Wenger warns Arsenal players to BEWARE of Brighton

Even if Arsene Wenger does what most of us expect and make a few changes to the Arsenal starting line-up for the away game at Brighton in the FA cup, the Gunners will still be strong favourites to win the game and progress to the next round of the FA cup.

But the Arsenal boss is aware that these cup games against lower league opposition do not always go according to plan. We have had our very own experience of that at first hand in recent years, most notably on that terrible League cup night in Bradford.

FULL Arsenal injury update a BIG worry for Brighton clash?

Arsene Wenger has given the latest round-up of the Arsenal injury situation in his pre-match press conference ahead of the FA cup fourth round match away to Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday. We should be used to this by now I suppose, but it would be nice just for once to not lose another player or two every time the Gunners play.

This time, as revealed on the official Arsenal website, it is our young Spanish right back Hector Bellerin and the England international star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that have picked up knocks and may not be able to feature this weekend. There is more chance of the Spaniard being available and that would be a big relief with Debuchy already on the sidelines.

Arsenal v Hull review – Alexis at it again as Gunners win!

With both Arsenal and Hull City making plenty of changes to their starting line-ups for this third round FA cup clash at the Emirates, you might have expected a slow and cautious start and perhaps a lack of quality from the start, but that was far from the case.

Arsene Wenger gave both Theo Walcott and Joel Campbell a rare start on either side of Alexis up front. The Costa Rican forward nearly gabe the Gunners the lead within five minutes, showing his pace and dribbling skills before a one-two with Sanchez and a prodded attempt that brought a great save from Harper.

Can Sanogo make the difference AGAIN for Arsenal v Hull?

The young Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo may not have scored against Hull City in the famous FA cup final triumph at Wembley back in May, but there is little doubt that he did have a big effect for the Gunners after coming on with around half an hour of normal time left to play.

Arsenal were still trailing at that point and Podolski was struggling to have much influence, but Sanogo got straight into the action and really helped to put Hull on the back foot. He also won the corner from which Koscielny equalised to take the game into extra time.

Arsenal will play the same team against Hull – except Szczesny!

It is a well known fact that most top teams like to give some of their top players a rest in the arly stages of the FA Cup, especially if they are competing for the Premiership title or the Champions League, but Arsene Wenger has admitted that he will be using the same squad that was available for the game against Southampton this week, and will not be promoting any youth players.

Arsenal are the holders and should put up a rugged defence of our trophy, and as we are playing the Hull team that gave us a run for our money at Wembley last May, we cannot expect an easy game even though we are now the home side.