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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.

Pick your Arsenal team to beat Brighton

Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion – Team prediction by Moh

Arsenal will be traveling to Brighton in the fourth round of the FA cup today and coming back from a fantastic 0-2 win against Man City, this should on paper be an easy game for the Gunners. We faced them a couple of years ago and we won by a narrow 2-3 win and went through to the next round. Brighton were a much better side back then and fighting for promotion to the Premier League. This season they are on the lower half of the table and look set to playing another season in the Championship.

FULL Arsenal injury update for Man City match

There was some very encouraging news for Arsenal on the injury front yesterday, after Jack Wilshere posted a video on a social network site of him moving freely without his protective boot and calmly slotting a penalty past a young player in the team he coaches.

Apparently, the Gunners could now have him back around a month earlier than previously thought, which would see him back in the squad around the end of this month, and with a bit of luck that would leave just the unlucky Mathieu Debuchy in the treatment room.

Dream Team defence to save season for Arsenal?

Arsene Wenger is clearly delighted to have the Arsenal and France international centre back Laurent Koscielny fit again. And it is not just because the Frenchman is arguably the best defender the Gunners have either, as an Arsenal.com report explains.

The manager also feels that having Koscielny alongside Mertesacker makes both central defenders better and makes them more than the sum of their parts. That will inevitably give more confidence to those around them like Wojciech Szczesny in goal, so it is maybe no coincidence that the Poland international was in tip top form against West Ham on Sunday.

Should Arsenal consider playing 3-4-4 formation?

When Arsene Wenger first took over as the new manager of Arsenal Football Club over 18 years ago, the Frenchman was not very well known but he soon became known around the world for his innovative ideas, both on and off the pitch. And it is safe to say that most of the football world has taken on board all the nutritional and behind the scenes stuff.

But in recent years, Wenger has been accused of being a bit set in ways tactically. An opposing team may struggle to cope with our passing, possession and fluency, but they have no problem working out what formation they will be facing when taking on the Gunners.

Bellerin to step up and solve Arsenal injury problems?

Arsene Wenger was handed a massive blow this week with the news that the Arsenal defenders Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal would not recover from their respective injury problems and so the boss was looking at having to cope with the in form Newcastle United with a real headache at the back.

With no Arteta, Wilshere or Diaby and with Chambers suspended for that harsh sending off at Stoke, the manager has got to be adventurous and somehow find a back four that can give the Gunners a platform to go and beat the Magpies. One good thing is that the course of the game is likely to see a lot of Arsenal ball possession and a strong and organised Newcastle defence.

Bellerin feeling GREAT but will he get another Arsenal chance?

It could be a tough and frustrating time for Hector Bellerin at Arsenal for a while. I personally think that Arsene Wenger should have been using him more in the last few months, with Mathieu Debuchy on the injury list after undergoing surgery to fix his ankle ligament damage.

With Monreal struggling at centre back, it seemed an ideal chance to play Bellerin in his right back role with Calum Chambers in the middle, but the boss did not seem to have faith in him. Maybe it was the young Spaniard himself that was lacking confidence, but that now seems to have come, helped by his very capable performance out of position at left back against Galatasaray.

PHEW! Monreal and other Gunners give Arsenal injury boost

After more bad luck for Arsenal players in the weekend win at West Brom, it looked like Arsene Wenger might have to do some more juggling of his squad and experiment with yet another different Arsenal back four, as both of our left backs Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal picked up knocks.

And the manager revealed in his press conference today, reported by Arsenal.com, that there was some concern about the fitness of our in form England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as well, while he was not sure how well Laurent Koscielny’s problematic ankle tendons would respond to his first game back.

Arsenal’s best option to solve looming left back crisis?

It would be just about typical of the bad luck Arsenal have had with injury problems this season. Just when we get our first choice central defender Laurent Koscielny back in the Gunners line-up, there is a chance that both of our front line left backs will be out of action after picking up knocks in the same match.

England international Kieran Gibbs was given a well earned rest, but that lasted just 20 minutes as our Spanish defender Nacho Monreal picked up a knee problem that looks certain to keep him out of the Premier League clash with Southampton. Gibbs then took a knock to his ankle which will be assessed this week but knowing out luck, there is a good chance that Wenger will have to shuffle the Arsenal pack again.

Arsenal get BIG injury boost for Southampton clash

Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal fans will be hoping to get more good news tomorrow on the fitness of some key players, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wojciech Szczesny, Yaya Sanogo, Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal all due to be assessed to see if they can feature for the Gunners against high flying Southampton on Wednesday evening.

The Spanish left back seems certain to miss out with his knee injury, but there is a good chance for all of the others, which would be very handy, especially Gibbs. But that is not the good news that I refer to in the title od this article. That comes in the shape of one of our transfer targets Morgan Schneiderlin.

West Brom v Arsenal Player Ratings – Cazorla MOTM

West Brom 0 – 1 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

Martinez – 7.5
Another strong performance by the Argentinian. Commanding throughout and kept his calm when we had to defend in the final 10 minutes. I don’t think Szczesny would’ve performed as well considering the circumstances.

Chambers – 7
Another good performance. He’s finally hitting his stride and it looks like he’ll remain consistent from now on.

Mertesacker – 7.5
A much stronger performance by him. He was composed all game and made so many headers in the final minutes that I lost count.

Three more injuries for Arsenal?

It was great to see Arsenal take all three points from the game against West Brom ths afternoon, but can you believe that we may have also lost three more players to injury? Nacho Monreal came off very early on, and his replacement Kieran Gibbs sustained an ankle problem himself.

Wenger said on Arsenal.com after the match: “Gibbs struggled a little bit with an ankle problem and Monreal with a knee problem. Oxlade-Chamberlain also had a knee problem.”

And when asked if they could be serious, he replied: “I don’t know. We have to see how they recover on Monday. We have Oxlade-Chamberlain, Monreal and Gibbs who have knocks but I don’t know how bad it is.”