Arsenal’s starting XI against Brighton (Match preview)

Saturday 26th January: FA Cup, Brighton (a)

Hello everyone!

You might – some of you – be wondering where the bloody hell I’ve been in recent weeks. Without resorting to diving into self-involved bleating, I’ll just say I’ve had a few problems, and I’ve not been very well. Such things have taken their toll on my blogging exploits.

But that’s enough of talking about me. Let’s talk Arsenal.

Since I last posted, Theo has ‘singed dat ting’ and Arsenal haven’t signed anyone – much to the chagrin of many Gooners out there. Me included. On Wednesday, spirits where lifted by a phenomenal performance against West Ham which saw us blow the Hammers away in the space of 10 second half minutes. That was awesome – a glimpse of the ‘real’ Arsenal so many of us have lamented the absence of.

Today gives us a good opportunity to further build on that performance, and, as the general consensus has it, progress in our best avenue for silverware left available.

The epic fail at Bradford proved that lower league opponents are underestimated at you peril. Lethargy and arrogance, as well as impressive play from our conquerers, was our downfall that evening. If we head into today’s game without focus and spirit, there is every possibility we’ll be writhing in embarrassment after another abject humiliation.

Vermaelen, Coquelin, Fabianksi, Arteta and Gervinho all mis out today, and given our grueling fixture list this month, Arsene may make a few changes here and there to offer some players a rest. Jack Wilshere is expected to wear the captain’s armband today.

My guess at the line-up is:

All things taken into consideration, I see no reason why we shouldn’t progress with minimal fuss. The lesson learnt at Valley Parade should be well imprinted into the players’ brains by the management, and lightning striking twice seems less likely to me.

However, this is Arsenal. Our only consistency is that with which we are unpredictable. Anything, within the contraints of reality, could happen today. I’ll be bold and opt for a delightfully comfortable 4-0 win, and hopefully a nice draw in the next round.

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Thanks for reading today. I shall return with more tomorrow.

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9 Responses to Arsenal’s starting XI against Brighton (Match preview)

  1. Veer

    I thought you had been murdered or something!

  2. why have arsene wenger , refused be active in the jan transfer window is the clubs performance up to his expectation

    • Dom

      It’s more the lack of willingness to sell players mid season. You may say we could of signed Ba buy is he really at the same level as Van Persie or even close. We need a top quality striker but it is near impossible to get a player with that pedigree in January. Signing players who won’t bring what we need will just cause more problems. Expect us to sign top quality in the summer.

  3. MQ

    Dude glad your back and healthy I hope! Going 3-nil and like to Arshavin get 90? And maybe a glimpse of a new young player like Akpom and Gnabry? Oh should give Jenks and Santos starts?Peace

  4. Seve

    My Dear, have no idea. In AW we trust……. hahahah, He actually has his own way to do the thing. let’s hope for the best.

  5. Dom

    Ramsey seems to be getting back into form, we must control Brighton’s midfield, Newcastle failed to do this which evidently led to their downfall. I don’t think they will be to much of a problem. With a relatively strong strong side we should be comfortable in this game.

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