Grounded Seagulls: Brighton 2 – 3 Arsenal – Report & Player Ratings

Final Score
Brighton 2 – 3 Arsenal

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After a range of top flight teams were dumped out of the FA Cup, including Chelsea and Man City, Arsenal travelled to Brighton, aiming for a solid win.

The game started off perfectly, thanks to Theo Walcott.

Chambers whipped a good ball in after a great run down the right, allowing Walcott to touch the ball down with elegance before smashing it across goal and into the net. Typical Theo. Oh how we’ve missed him.

Arsenal continued to make things difficult for Brighton. Rosicky was working hard, and Ozil was keeping things moving in the middle (Yes, middle!) of the pitch.

“Rosicky played a driven through ball into the box, and Ozil was able to turn and finish with bags of composure.”

It just so happened that those two midfield maestros linked up for Arsenal’s second. Rosicky played a driven through ball into the box, and Ozil was able to turn and finish with bags of composure. Arsenal were cruising, and they did so until half time.

In the second half, Brighton fought back. A sloppy clearance from Rosicky allowed O’Grady to get the better of Flamini and Koscileny on the edge of the box, before smacking it into the bottom corner. Poor defending.

The Gunners still had life though. Neat play up the other end in the fifty-ninth minute between Rosicky and Giroud ended up with Rosicky ripping home an excellent volley. It was a stunning goal.

“Coquelin was brought on to shore things up, and the game was eventually seen out. Another step towards defending our FA Cup trophy.”

Unfortunately though, Brighton weren’t finished either.

In the seventy-sixth minute, Baldock was played through the middle after a good run, he then chipped the ball over an oncoming Szczesney. It made the remaining few minutes very tense indeed.

Thankfully though, Arsenal held on. Coquelin was brought on to shore things up, and the game was eventually seen out. Another step towards defending our FA Cup trophy.

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Arsenal Player Ratings

Szczesney: [6.5/10]

Had very little to do in the first half, and could do nothing for either goal. However, he put Monreal under needless pressure late in the second half by throwing the ball to him when Brighton players were closing. He has been making the same judgement errors for years now.

Gibbs: [6.5/10]

Worked hard, wasn’t personally tested much at the back.

Monreal: [6.5/10] 

Played well overall, got sucked in to the ball a little for Brighton’s second.

Koscielny: [6.5/10]

No major worries, a bit too casual at times though.

Chambers: [7.5/10] 

Awesome assist for Walcott, showed some great touches and defended well.

Flamini: [5/10]

Offered little protection to the back four. He was very weak in the build up to Brighton’s first.

Ozil: [7.5/10] 

Looked neat and tidy overall, and took his goal very well. Misplaced a few passes and tired as the game went on, but that’s expected after his injury.

Rosicky: [8.5/10] – MOTM

Apart from his poor clearance before Brighton’s first goal, Rosicky was the man today. He made brilliant runs on and off the ball, beat players, got an assist for Ozil, and slammed home a superb volley from the edge of the box.

Ramsey: [6.5/10] 

Still looking rusty after his injury, but Aaron worked hard anyway.

Walcott: [8/10] – MOTM 

Looked in the zone today. His touch and goal in the first few minutes was fantastic, and he kept worrying Brighton’s defences thereafter.

Giroud: [7/10] 

Showed good touches, got an assist for Rosicky’s belter. Good link up play as usual.

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Grounded Seagulls

Playing Flamini in front of Koscielny and Monreal wasn’t enough to stop Brighton scoring two, so let’s hope we never see that again.

On the positive side though, Arsenal looked electric at times today. Ozil, Walcott, Chambers and Rosicky in particular were working well, while Coquelin once again proved he’s the man in the middle, after shoring up the defences late on in the game.

Brighton put up a valiant flight, but The Gunners made sure no Seagull stayed soaring. Or something like that.

Wembley is the goal.

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