Arsenal travel to the Amex Stadium to face Championship side Brighton in the fourth round of the FA Cup in what is their first trip out of London in the FA Cup competition since the defeat to Blackburn Rovers at the Emirates in January, 2013. Arsenal’s triumph at Wembley was achieved without leaving London last season. With the FA Cup competition the club’s best opportunity to win a silverware this season, and with several big name clubs no longer in the draw, we take a look a five reasons why Arsenal will beat Brighton in Sunday’s match.
- Saturday’s Results
The Arsenal players would have seen the way Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton lost at home to Bradford, Middleborough, Leicester City and Crystal Palace on Saturday. Any hint of complacency would have been erased from the player’s subconscious. Which means they would be expected to put up a flawless performance to beat Brighton by not taking the championship side lightly. Yesterday’s results would have also shown the players they now have a real chance of retaining the FA cup won last season.
- Players Eager to Prove Themselves
The likes of Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil are expected to start against Brighton, both players have been out injured and face competition for their positions from Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla in top form. A strong performance from the duo should put Brighton to the sword. Wojciech Szczesny has sat out the last three matches after being dropped. He would be eager to put up an improved display to work his way back to the manager’s plans.
- Arsenal’s Recent Performances
Arsenal have won ten of it last 14 matches in all competitions, and the pick of the bunch was the convincing win over Manchester City at the Etihad last week. That victory lifted a weight of the players’ shoulders after having not won away to a top four rival since 2011. The result should spur them to play more without the hand brake starting with the match against Brighton. Arsene Wenger’s side should extend their run to four wins in the last five matches after today’s match.
- Brighton’ Home Form
Chris Hughton’s Brighton have only one win at the Amex Stadium since November. That win came as recently as last Wednesday in a 3-2 victory over Ipswich Town, With that Arsenal should add more misery to their poor home form by putting one over Brighton to advance to the next round of the competition.
- Recent History Between Both Sides
Arsenal beat Brighton 3-2 at this stage two years ago at the Amex Stadium, with goals from Kieran Gibbs, Oliver Giroud and Theo Walcott the scorers. With the trio certain to start again today, the atmosphere should not be strange to the players, and they should produce a good performance especially with Mesut Ozil back in the side for Sunday’s match. Add should inspire another victory.