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English FA Cup

Sunday, 25 January 2015,

Brighton
2
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Live
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3
Arsenal
Kickoff: 17:00 BST, live coverage on BT Sport
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: The American Express Community Stadium
  • Attendance: 30,278
  • 50' Chris O'Grady
  • 75' Sam Baldock
  • 2' Theo Walcott
  • 24' Mesut Özil
  • 59' Tomas Rosicky

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Brighton & Hove Albion

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Dunk back from ban

Lewis Dunk returns to Brighton's squad for the FA Cup fourth-round clash against Arsenal.

The defender served a one-match ban in midweek when the Seagulls defeated high-flying Ipswich 3-2 in the Sky Bet Championship.

Seagulls manager Chris Hughton can also call on Jake Forster-Caskey (hip) and Craig Mackail-Smith (ankle) after missing the pair on Wednesday night.

Greg Halford stays sidelined because of a calf problem while Kazenga LuaLua (knee) and Dale Stephens (ankle), also remain out.

Skipper Gordon Greer hopes to face a full-strength Gunners side.

He said: "If you ask anyone in the dressing room they'd rather see the strongest Arsenal team out there.

"It will be great for us to see how we compete against them as it's something you don't get the opportunity to do very often.

"This is something we are all looking forward to. As players you don't play football to face the easy sides, you want to play against the best players and there are some great players in that team.

"It's fantastic for everybody connected to the club and it's a chance to show what we're about and an opportunity to play against some of the best players in the Premier League- it's a good test for us."

Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott have just returned from injury and are expected to be in contention to start.

Manager Arsene Wenger is confident having such strength in reserve, with England midfielder Jack Wilshere stepping up his rehabilitation following ankle surgery, can only boost Arsenal's prospects for the second half of the campaign.

"People reproach you when you have no competition on the bench. When there is one, they question you as well," said Wenger.

"It is true there is competition for places at the moment, that is a luxury that only a club like of our stature can afford.

"It can make the players better, because the competition inside the club is always very important to keep the players on their toes.

"These (Walcott and Ozil) are players who are in a bit of a special position, it is not their quality which is questioned, it is just the fact they have just come back from long-term injuries."

91'+4

David Stockdale takes a long goal kick

91'+3

Aaron Ramsey hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss left

91'+3

Tomas Rosicky crosses the ball.

91'+3

David Stockdale takes a long goal kick

91'+2

Alexis Sánchez curls a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

91'+2

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Free Kick at 93'

91'+2

Lewis Dunk

91'+2

Handball called on Lewis Dunk

91'+1

Throw-in: Calum Chambers takes it (Attacking)

91'+1

David Stockdale makes the save (Parry)

91'+1

Alexis Sánchez curls an impressive right footed shot. Outcome: save

91'+1

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Free Kick at 92'

91'

Lewis Dunk commits a foul on Chuba Akpom resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

91'

End of the game

91'

The referee has signaled the end of the second half

90'

Throw-in: Kieran Gibbs takes it (Defending)

89'

Inigo Calderon crosses the ball.

89'

Throw-in: Inigo Calderon takes it (Attacking)

89'

Mathieu Flamini clears the ball from danger.

88'

Throw-in: Calum Chambers takes it (Attacking)

88'

Joseph Bennett clears the ball from danger.

88'

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Free Kick at 88'

87'

Gordon Greer

87'

Gordon Greer commits a foul on Chuba Akpom resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

87'

Throw-in: Calum Chambers takes it (Defending)

87'

Tomas Rosicky clears the ball from danger.

87'

Chuba Akpom clears the ball from danger.

86'

Mathieu Flamini clears the ball from danger.

86'

Solly March crosses the ball.

86'

Calum Chambers clears the ball from danger.

86'

Perez Adrian Colunga crosses the ball.

85'

David Stockdale takes a long goal kick

84'

Chris O'Grady blocks the shot

84'

Alexis Sánchez curls a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

84'

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) Free Kick at 84'

83'

Gordon Greer commits a foul on Alexis Sánchez resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

83'

Gordon Greer clears the ball from danger.

83'

Inigo Calderon crosses the ball.

82'

Throw-in: Joseph Bennett takes it (Defending)

82'

Brighton & Hove Albion makes a sub: Perez Adrian Colunga enters for Jake Caskey. Reason: Tactical

81'

David Stockdale makes the save (Fumble)

81'

Chuba Akpom hits a good left footed shot. Outcome: save

80'

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Free Kick at 80'

80'

Arsenal makes a sub: Francis Coquelin enters for Mesut Özil. Reason: Tactical

79'

Danny Holla

79'

Danny Holla commits a foul on Chuba Akpom resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

79'

Aaron Ramsey blocks the shot

79'

Inigo Calderon hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

79'

Laurent Koscielny blocks the shot

79'

Joseph Bennett hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

78'

Throw-in: Jake Caskey takes it (Defending)

77'

Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Free Kick at 77'

77'

Joseph Bennett commits a foul on Alexis Sánchez resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

75'

2 - 3

Goal!! Sam Baldock hits a right footed shot to the lower left corner from the centre penalty area and scores!! Brighton & Hove Albion now trails 2 - 3

75'

Sam Baldock hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: goal

75'

That last goal was assisted by Danny Holla

75'

Throw-in: Joseph Bennett takes it (Defending)

75'

Wojciech Szczesny takes a long goal kick

74'

Joseph Bennett crosses the ball.

73'

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) Free Kick at 73'

73'

Joseph Bennett commits a foul on Mesut Özil resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

73'

Inigo Calderon clears the ball from danger.

73'

Aaron Ramsey crosses the ball.

73'

Gordon Greer clears the ball from danger.

73'

Mesut Özil crosses the ball.

73'

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) Free Kick at 73'

73'

Sam Baldock

72'

Sam Baldock commits a foul on Tomas Rosicky resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

71'

Throw-in: Kieran Gibbs takes it (Attacking)

71'

Gordon Greer clears the ball from danger.

70'

Lewis Dunk (Brighton & Hove Albion) Free Kick at 70'

70'

Arsenal makes a sub: Alexis Sánchez enters for Theo Walcott. Reason: Tactical

70'

Arsenal makes a sub: Chuba Akpom enters for Olivier Giroud. Reason: Tactical

69'

Mathieu Flamini commits a foul on Jake Caskey resulting on a free kick for Brighton & Hove Albion

67'

David Stockdale makes the save (Parry)

67'

Theo Walcott hits an impressive right footed shot. Outcome: save

66'

Throw-in: Calum Chambers takes it (Attacking)

66'

Wojciech Szczesny takes a long goal kick

65'

Chris O'Grady hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

65'

Throw-in: Joseph Bennett takes it (Attacking)

65'

Laurent Koscielny clears the ball from danger.

65'

Throw-in: Joseph Bennett takes it (Attacking)

64'

Throw-in: Sam Baldock takes it (Attacking)

64'

Laurent Koscielny clears the ball from danger.

63'

Throw-in: Joseph Bennett takes it (Defending)

63'

Brighton & Hove Albion makes a sub: Solly March enters for Bruno. Reason: Injury

62'

Rohan Ince clears the ball from danger.

62'

Bruno clears the ball from danger.

62'

Mesut Özil crosses the ball.

61'

Throw-in: Tomas Rosicky takes it (Attacking)

60'

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) Free Kick at 60'

60'

Rohan Ince commits a foul on Aaron Ramsey resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

60'

Laurent Koscielny clears the ball from danger.

59'

1 - 3

Goal!! Tomas Rosicky hits a right footed shot to the lower left corner from the centre penalty area and scores!! Arsenal now leads 3 - 1

59'

Tomas Rosicky hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: goal

59'

That last goal was assisted by Olivier Giroud

58'

Throw-in: Calum Chambers takes it (Defending)

56'

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) Free Kick at 56'

56'

Joseph Bennett commits a foul on Aaron Ramsey resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

55'

Gordon Greer clears the ball from danger.

55'

Lewis Dunk clears the ball from danger.

54'

Mesut Özil crosses the ball.

54'

Laurent Koscielny clears the ball from danger.

54'

Joseph Bennett crosses the ball.

54'

Calum Chambers crosses the ball.

53'

Throw-in: Tomas Rosicky takes it (Attacking)

53'

Nacho Monreal clears the ball from danger.

53'

Danny Holla crosses the ball.

53'

Danny Holla (Brighton & Hove Albion) Free Kick at 53'

52'

Calum Chambers commits a foul on Inigo Calderon resulting on a free kick for Brighton & Hove Albion

50'

1 - 2

Goal!! Chris O'Grady hits a right footed shot to the lower left corner from the centre penalty area and scores!! Brighton & Hove Albion now trails 1 - 2

50'

Chris O'Grady hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: goal

50'

Tomas Rosicky clears the ball from danger.

50'

Nacho Monreal clears the ball from danger.

50'

Laurent Koscielny clears the ball from danger.

50'

Sam Baldock crosses the ball.

49'

David Stockdale takes a short goal kick

49'

Chris O'Grady clears the ball from danger.

49'

Mesut Özil crosses the ball.

49'

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) Free Kick at 49'

48'

Rohan Ince commits a foul on Olivier Giroud resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

47'

Gordon Greer blocks the shot

47'

Olivier Giroud hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

47'

Aaron Ramsey crosses the ball.

46'

Throw-in: Joseph Bennett takes it (Defending)

46'

The second half is under way

46'

Laurent Koscielny clears the ball from danger.

46'

Joseph Bennett (Brighton & Hove Albion) Free Kick at 46'

46'

The referee has signaled the end of the first half

45'

Calum Chambers commits a foul on Joseph Bennett resulting on a free kick for Brighton & Hove Albion

45'

Inigo Calderon clears the ball from danger.

44'

Throw-in: Joseph Bennett takes it (Defending)

43'

Joseph Bennett clears the ball from danger.

43'

Calum Chambers crosses the ball.

43'

Lewis Dunk blocks the shot

43'

Aaron Ramsey hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

41'

Kieran Gibbs clears the ball from danger.

41'

Danny Holla (Brighton & Hove Albion) Free Kick at 41'

41'

Aaron Ramsey commits a foul on Jake Caskey resulting on a free kick for Brighton & Hove Albion

40'

Wojciech Szczesny takes a long goal kick

39'

Sam Baldock crosses the ball.

39'

Rohan Ince clears the ball from danger.

36'

Gordon Greer clears the ball from danger.

36'

Throw-in: Calum Chambers takes it (Defending)

36'

Wojciech Szczesny takes a long goal kick

36'

Jake Caskey hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss left

35'

Throw-in: Joseph Bennett takes it (Defending)

34'

Gordon Greer clears the ball from danger.

32'

Throw-in: Calum Chambers takes it (Defending)

30'

Wojciech Szczesny takes a long goal kick

30'

Sam Baldock hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

30'

Jake Caskey crosses the ball.

28'

Throw-in: Joseph Bennett takes it (Defending)

28'

Joseph Bennett clears the ball from danger.

28'

Lewis Dunk blocks the shot

28'

Olivier Giroud hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

27'

Wojciech Szczesny takes a long goal kick

26'

Jake Caskey hits a good header, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

26'

Bruno crosses the ball.

25'

Danny Holla (Brighton & Hove Albion) Free Kick at 25'

25'

Olivier Giroud commits a foul on Danny Holla resulting on a free kick for Brighton & Hove Albion

24'

0 - 2

Goal!! Mesut Özil hits a left footed shot to the lower right corner from the centre penalty area and scores!! Arsenal now leads 2 - 0

24'

Mesut Özil hits a good left footed shot. Outcome: goal

24'

That last goal was assisted by Tomas Rosicky

23'

Bruno clears the ball from danger.

22'

David Stockdale takes a short goal kick

22'

Tomas Rosicky hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss left

21'

Throw-in: Kieran Gibbs takes it (Defending)

21'

Throw-in: Kieran Gibbs takes it (Defending)

19'

Tomas Rosicky crosses the ball.

19'

Throw-in: Joseph Bennett takes it (Defending)

14'

Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Free Kick at 14'

14'

Chris O'Grady commits a foul on Nacho Monreal resulting on a free kick for Arsenal

13'

Wojciech Szczesny takes a short goal kick

12'

Throw-in: Kieran Gibbs takes it (Attacking)

12'

Sam Baldock (Brighton & Hove Albion) Free Kick at 12'

12'

Aaron Ramsey commits a foul on Sam Baldock resulting on a free kick for Brighton & Hove Albion

11'

Bruno clears the ball from danger.

11'

Gordon Greer blocks the shot

11'

Calum Chambers hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

11'

Bruno clears the ball from danger.

10'

Nacho Monreal clears the ball from danger.

10'

Throw-in: Bruno takes it (Attacking)

10'

Mesut Özil blocks the shot

10'

Rohan Ince hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

10'

Kieran Gibbs clears the ball from danger.

9'

Throw-in: Bruno takes it (Attacking)

9'

Throw-in: Bruno takes it (Attacking)

9'

Throw-in: Bruno takes it (Attacking)

8'

Kieran Gibbs crosses the ball.

7'

Chris O'Grady blocks the shot

7'

Tomas Rosicky hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

7'

Bruno clears the ball from danger.

7'

Lewis Dunk clears the ball from danger.

7'

Theo Walcott crosses the ball.

6'

Olivier Giroud hits a good header, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

6'

Bruno clears the ball from danger.

6'

Lewis Dunk blocks the shot

6'

Aaron Ramsey hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

5'

Throw-in: Calum Chambers takes it (Attacking)

4'

Bruno clears the ball from danger.

3'

Throw-in: Kieran Gibbs takes it (Attacking)

3'

Kieran Gibbs crosses the ball.

3'

Bruno clears the ball from danger.

3'

Olivier Giroud crosses the ball.

2'

0 - 1

Goal!! Theo Walcott hits a right footed shot low through the middle from the right penalty area and scores!! Arsenal now leads 1 - 0

2'

Theo Walcott hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: goal

2'

That last goal was assisted by Calum Chambers

1'

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Possession

43%
57%
  • Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Arsenal

Shots

11
20

Shots on target

4
9

Fouls

11
6

Corners

0
0

Yellow Cards

4
0

Red Cards

0
0

Head to Head

Brighton2 - 3Arsenal
Brighton2 - 3Arsenal
Arsenal3 - 1Brighton
Brighton1 - 0Arsenal
Brighton2 - 1Arsenal
Arsenal0 - 0Brighton

Brighton

  • 13David Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • -> Solly March
  • 3Gordon Greer
  • 30Joseph Bennett
  • 5Lewis Dunk
  • 22Danny Holla
  • 9Sam Baldock
  • 18Jake Caskey
  • -> Perez Adrian Colunga
  • 14Inigo Calderon
  • 24Rohan Ince
  • 11Chris O'Grady
  • Subs
  • 12Craig Mackail-Smith
  • 26Glen Rea
  • 4Aaron Hughes
  • 31Christian Walgon
  • 15Adam Chicksen

Arsenal

  • 1Wojciech Szczesny
  • 18Nacho Monreal
  • 21Calum Chambers
  • 6Laurent Koscielny
  • 3Kieran Gibbs
  • 20Mathieu Flamini
  • 7Tomas Rosicky
  • 16Aaron Ramsey
  • 14Theo Walcott
  • -> Alexis Sánchez
  • 11Mesut Özil
  • -> Francis Coquelin
  • 12Olivier Giroud
  • -> Chuba Akpom
  • Subs
  • 19Santi Cazorla
  • 26Emiliano Martinez
  • 39Hector Bellerin
  • 4Per Mertesacker

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Arsenal beat Brighton as FA Cup holders march on

Arsenal held firm to see off Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion and book their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Arsenal took the lead inside two minutes with Theo Walcott rewarding Arsene Wenger's faith with a fine goal as he controlled before turning to fire past goalkeeper David Stockdale.

Mesut Ozil, another player back in the starting lineup after injury, then slid home a deserved second to give the visitors a 2-0 lead going into the break.

Brighton were given hope five minutes into the second half when Chris O'Grady found space at the edge of the area to turn and fire past Wojciech Szczesny, but Arsenal restored their two-goal cushion within 10 minutes as Tomas Rosicky volleyed home.

Brighton, though, refused to be beaten, and Sam Baldock revived the home fans' hopes with a dinked finish with around 15 minutes to play.

Alexis Sanchez came close for Arsenal when he came off the bench and hit the woodwork with a deflected free kick, but ultimately the Premier League side progressed with a 3-2 win.

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