FA Cup Preview: Brighton - Arsenal

Husmukh Kerai
January 25, 2013
FA Cup Preview: Brighton - Arsenal


Lopez, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge

Bridcutt, Orlandi, Hammond
Barnes, Mackail-Smith, LuaLua

Jenkinson, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs

Diaby, Wilshere, Ramsey
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Podolski

Brighton defender Bruno (achilles) returned to training this week but the right back may not be risked on Saturday. Spanish midfielder Vicente (thigh) played his first game of the season after a long-term injury on Tuesday and could feature against Arsenal at some point.

Arsene Wenger ruled out Thomas Vermaelen (ankle) after picking up an injury, meaning that Laurent Koscielny is likely to partner Per Mertesacker in central defense.

Mikel Arteta (calf) and Francis Coquelin (hamstring) are unlikely to be risked for the trip to Brighton, but Abou Diaby should return to this side after missing the mid-week game against West Ham with illness.

Tomas Rosicky is in contention to be involved in the squad while Lukas Fabianski (ankle) remains sidelined.

  • Brighton & Hove Albion has not played Arsenal since 1988.
  • In their 12 meetings since World War II, Brighton has only beaten Arsenal twice, with the Gunners winning eight times.
  • The two sides last met in an FA Cup fourth-round tie at the Goldstone Ground, with the Gunners running out 2-1 winners.

  • Seagulls manager Gus Poyet (pictured) won the FA Cup as a Chelsea player in 2000.
  • The Gunners are yet to lose a game in which they have taken the lead this season, winning seven and drawing two.
  • Arsenal has yet to win four games in a row across all competitions this season.
  • In 13 matches between the sides, Arsenal has outscored Brighton 24-5.
  • Arsene Wenger has won four FA Cups since taking charge of Arsenal in 1996, the last of which came in 2005, the Gunners' most recent taste of silverware.