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Arsenal take on Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup on Saturday, and our Talking Heads for this game are former Gunner Nigel Winterburn and Graeme Rawlings aka WiganGooner.
NIGEL WINTERBURN, STUDIO GUEST
Arsenal will have done their homework, and I think it’s the perfect game for them, because they’re coming up against a team that like to get the ball down and play
Although Arsenal have lost a couple of games in the league recently, their second-half performances have been very good and, against West Ham, their performance overall was to a very high level. Their display at the start of the second half was absolutely sensational. If they play like that they will win the game. Brighton are a strong team at home, they like to get the ball down and play attractive football so it could be a classic FA Cup game.
Brighton are a Championship team with a lot of quality so there won’t be any element of surprise for Arsenal. They’re playing in a brand-new stadium as well so the facilities should be outstanding. Arsenal will have done their homework, and I think it’s the perfect game for them, because they’re coming up against a team that like to get the ball down and play.
I think Arsenal will win 3-1.
GRAEME RAWLINGS, WIGANGOONER
After a morale-boosting victory against West Ham on Wednesday one could be fooled into thinking the fixture against Brighton would be a walk in the park. A weakened Newcastle discovered the FA Cup is full of surprises, succumbing to Gus Poyet's side in the third round. Underestimate Brighton at your peril it seems. Arsenal will be taking this fixture very seriously and are boosted by the return to fitness of the excellent Rosicky, who could feature this weekend. Brighton are a team that like to play football and that should give us the room to play but we cannot be complacent - nothing less than a serious amount of focus and determination is required if we are to progress to the fifth round.
There are no pushovers in the FA Cup and we cannot afford another replay in an already congested fixture list. The last time Arsenal faced Brighton in the FA Cup was in 1988. We left their ground with an excellent 2-1 victory and I would be delighted with the same. I expect Arsène to make changes to keep the squad fresh, but it will be an experienced side designed to put us into the next round.
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