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Brighton vs Arsenal Preview, Team News, Likely Line-up & Predicted Score

Arsenal are on the South Coast this weekend to take on Championship side Brighton for a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Here is a preview for the game.

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Arsenal are on the South Coast this weekend to take on Brighton for a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

It took us two bites of the cherry to see off Swansea in the third round with Jack Wilshere scoring a late winner last week to secure a 1-0 win after we were held to a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium first time around.

The last thing Arsene Wenger will want is a replay again this weekend so we’ll need to try and overcome an impressive looking Brighton outfit at the first attempt. But Brighton were superb in their third round clash dispatching Newcastle 2-0 so we’ll have to be on top of our game to beat Gus Poyet’s men this weekend.

Team News

Thomas Vermaelen will miss the game after picking up an ankle knock against West Ham on Wednesday. Arsene Wenger confirmed the news at his press conference on Friday morning but the skipper should be back to face Liverpool next Wednesday.

Mikel Arteta and Francis Coquelin are both still out but Abou Diaby and Tomas Rosicky return to the squad.

I think the boss will make some changes for this game and give a few players a much-needed rest. Prime candidates are Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere. Both have played a lot of football lately and Arsene hinted a couple of weeks ago he’d need to pick his moment to rest Jack. With important Premier League games against Liverpool and Stoke coming up, as well as the small matter of a Champions League double header with Bayern just around the corner, I think Wenger will take this opportunity to rest him and a few other regulars.

Carl Jenkinson and Andre Santos could come in for Sagna and Gibbsy while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should also get a game. Olivier Giroud is likely to start up front as, well, we have no other strikers! Unless Arsene decides to play Theo through the middle of course but I can see him also being given a rest.

Likely Line-up

Predicted Score

We haven’t played Brighton in a good number of years, 25 to be precise, so there is no recent record to go by. But the gulf in class should be evident on Saturday – even if we play a ‘weakened’ side – so long as we put in a professional performance. I can’t see past an Arsenal win. Brighton 1-3 Arsenal

What would your starting eleven be and what’s your score prediction? Leave your suggestions in the comments section below.



  1. hilarioh ph.D

    January 25, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    wenger shud learn 4rm bradford defeat, any team in championship is vry tough….pls dnt underate dis brighton nd hove tnx

  2. Mr raji Taiwo

    January 25, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Arsenal need to buyer player bco of champion leg

  3. fataisaheedolamilakan

    January 25, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    I think the game we not be easy but arsenal is going to win the game

    • philip henry

      January 25, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      Ya, wenger should plz wilshere nd walcot if he wnt to win, although podolski nd chamberlain is dere

  4. olayemi sunday macarony

    January 25, 2013 at 10:48 pm


    • mandem

      January 26, 2013 at 9:14 am


  5. Obino4life

    January 25, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Pls mr prof buy players 4 us arsenal is dying u re d cause

  6. Hause

    January 25, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Pls sing villa mr wenger.

    • mandem

      January 26, 2013 at 9:13 am

      i love that song:)

  7. Hause

    January 25, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Bring defensive m/d mr wenger and somebody who can creat a spece defenssily.

  8. sexyfab

    January 26, 2013 at 12:09 am

    wenger pls sign atleast 2 quality players bcoz of champions league dnt hop on diaby bcoz he ll stll brake dwn b4 champs legi.sign villa nd hummels dats all

  9. IBK

    January 26, 2013 at 3:47 am


  10. ngaruiya

    January 26, 2013 at 5:21 am

    mr wenga you are killing our team, its a matter of time now we start fighting for servival in the relegation zone, if you feel the job is too hard for you plz step down and let another manager show you how to do it..we dont blong where we are now!!!

  11. sylas

    January 26, 2013 at 6:05 am

    We need a DM and a Strika.

  12. lasisi hakeem adisa

    January 26, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Wenger please buy us dm and striker bcos of champions league we have tired of this trophyless every season.

  13. franklin

    January 26, 2013 at 7:51 am

    wht den shall i say,pls we needs 2 prolific player:one should be villa &hummel of munich; pls

  14. ken

    January 26, 2013 at 10:34 am

    it isnt going to be an easy game for arsenal both teams will give a good account of them selfs , if wenger feels anything he knows arsenal football team and its supporters need a good perfomance and a win ,should edge it

  15. zakariyau jelyll

    January 26, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Our wenger shld buy at least 2 quality players 4 d sake of CL ie a striker n DM. Pls don’t depend on recent form Arsenal against West Ham bcos Arsenal of recent are inconsitence although we’ve quality bt dey are not consitence

  16. Alan

    January 26, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Am I d only one reading this or can’t anybody just construct a simple sentence in correct english

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