Brighton & Hove Albion 2-3 Arsenal: As It Happened
FA Cup Fourth Round—Brighton and Hove Albion vs. Arsenal
Brighton 2-3 Arsenal
Giroud 16', 56'
Brighton and Hove Albion: Ankergren; Calderon, Greer (Dicker 37'), El-Abd, Bridge; Bridcutt, Hammond, Lopez; Buckley (LuaLua 46'), Barnes, Ulloa (Mackail-Smith 73')
Subs: Kuszczak, Painter, Dicker, Orlandi, LuaLua, Vicente, Mackail-Smith
Arsenal: Szczesny; Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Santos (Gibbs 78'); Diaby, Ramsey, Rosicky (Wilshere 68'); Oxlade-Chamberlain (Walcott 68'), Podolski, Giroud
Subs: Mannone, Sagna, Gibbs, Wilshere, Cazorla, Arshavin, Walcott
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Arsenal were sternly tested by lower league opposition, and there are a lot of negatives for them, but in the end a win is a win.
Defensive lapses led to both of Brighton's goals, and that's something that needs to be addressed. However, many criticize Arsenal for not being able to win close games, and they did so today.
A win is a win, and the Gunners are into the fifth round of the FA Cup. On a day when semi-pro club Luton Town knocked out Norwich City, be thankful for a win.
90+4'—Corner Arsenal, probably the last kick of the match.
90+4'—Free-kick for Brighton just past the halfway line is put into the box, and after a couple crosses the ball goes out for a goal-kick.
That might be that.
90+3'—Arsenal passing it around the back fairly comfortably. Still probably one or two more attacks in this for Brighton, though.
90+2'—Ooh, Mackail-Smith shouted for a penalty, as Carl Jenkinson took him down in front of goal. Nothing given, just a chance barely wasted.
Four minutes of added time.
90'—Arsenal almost had another through Walcott, who flew down the right side, played through a foul and fired a shot right at Ankergren. He had Giroud waiting in the middle for a tap-in.
Off the corner, the Gunners almost scored a few times, but their desperate headers and lunges were all just off the mark.
Theo Walcott gets the benefit of a deflection and Arsenal lead again! The Gunners had a corner, the goalkeeper punched the ball into the path of Walcott outside the box, and his first time shot careened off the shoulder of El-Abd and into the back of the net.
The way things have gone today, nothing's over until the final whistle, but it's Arsenal's game to lose now.
84'—Excellent chance for Giroud, but just slipped at the final moment. Podolski played a good ball into him, his movement was great, but lost his plant foot when he went to strike the ball on the half-volley.
Arsenal fans cajoling their team into action.
81'—10 minutes to go, and neither side looks particularly close to winning the game. If I had to put money on one team getting the decisive goal, it would be Arsenal, though.
Kieran Gibbs replaces the much-maligned Andre Santos. He'll offer as much in defense as he does in attack.
79'—It's Brighton on the attack, but Barnes is called offside. Arsenal seem to be getting ready for a big final push, but the Seagulls are getting more and more stuck in.
76'—Giroud takes the free-kick and fizzes it over the bar. Just too much power for a free-kick that close.
Arsenal having a great spell, as Wilshere drives forward to earn a corner.
Which is promptly headed out for another corner.
Craig Mackail-Smith replaces debutante Leo Ulloa.
74'—Corner Arsenal, not defended especially well by Brighton, and the Gunners get a free-kick in a fairly threatening position from about 20-25 yards away. Prime Lukas Podolski territory.
73'—Brighton and Arsenal are trading blows right now, attack for attack.
Odd to see a second division side playing at an equal level as Arsenal, but that's what always seems to happen in cup football, so you can't say it's unexpected.
The Gunners come forward again.
Jack Wilshere on for Tomas Rosicky. Same formation, fresh legs. It's all up to Arsenal now.
Theo Walcott on for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
67'—Arsenal clearly have the advantage with substitutions, though. Not only to the Gunners have three left to the Seagulls' one, but Arsene Wenger has Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere available.
Brighton equalize a second time, and it's Ulloa on his debut. Lovely cross from Ashley Barnes on the counterattack, Ulloa got behind all the Arsenal defenders and dove to head the ball past a helpless Wojciech Szczesny.
Mertesacker looked to be at fault there. In typical Arsenal fashion, they've made it so much harder than it needs to be.
61'—Oh, Giroud almost had his hat-trick!
Brighton counterattacked, Arsenal broke it up and Tomas Rosicky played a rainbow of a long ball to Giroud up the pitch. Only El-Abd was there to cover, and under some pressure in the box, he ripped a low drive that was well-saved by Lonkergen.
Very open game now, extremely entertaining stuff.
It's Olivier Giroud again, and what a finish! Lovely ball over the top from Abou Diaby, Giroud controlled it well on the left side of the box, and when Lonkergen came off his line, Giroud stretched to smash it past him.
Excellent finishing from a world-class striker. Giroud's name is being sung in the AMEX Stadium.
56'—Oh, he rattled the crossbar! Excellent drive from Podolski, Lonkergen was frozen in place but the ball just didn't come down quick enough.
Fighting in the box led to an Arsenal corner, which sprung a Brighton counterattack, and after that fizzled, the Seagulls win possession in Arsenal's half.
54'—Very threatening free-kick for Arsenal, about 25-30 yards out, centrally located. Podolski, with his hammer of a left foot, is over it.
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