Rosicky to conduct our play, Ox to start, and Sagna, Pod and Santi rested?

Brighton_Pier_Aral

Today’s fourth-round FA cup game is a potential banana skin the size of Brighton Pier. Arsenal have just enjoyed a good, five-goal win against the Hammers. Often in the past, we followed such praiseworthy, high scoring games up with a lacklustre and over-confident performance in the next match. Let’s hope our boys are focussed and driven from the start this time round!

The Seagulls have absolutely nothing to lose, and their brand new AMEX stadium was built with the sheer hope of one day hosting games like these. The scalp of Newcastle has only just dried out, and the Brighton fans will be hoping to add, an even larger one this afternoon.

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The fresh, new Brighton stadium is home to an equally exciting style of football, orchestrated by their up and coming manager: Gus Poyet. I reckon it will be a good game to watch, and no doubt The Seagulls will aim to chase us down from the start, and leave us as little time and space as possible to get into our passing game.

I don’t need to tell you we need to at least match their levels of energy, healthy aggression and chasing down opponents today, if we want to come through this encounter victoriously.

I have not watched the Seagulls much recently, so cannot give you an in-depth analysis of their style of football, and strengths and weaknesses.

Brighton and Hove Albion, to use the full name for once, are currently in seventh position in the Championship, and just four points away from a potential ticket to the Premier League next season. In their last game they played 4-1-3-2, and it will be interesting to see what they will do against us today.

I am looking forward to see what Lopez and Vincente are like up-front, and how their midfield will fair against ours. And I am hoping Kuszczak, the former MU goalkeeper who only managed to get 26 appearances in five years for the Mancs, will not have one of those days in which he successfully proofs he should still be performing in the PL every week; something that often seems to happen against us in these sort of games!

Predicted Line-up against The Seagulls:

Will we finally see little Mozart conducting our play again today?

Will we finally see little Mozart conducting our play again today?

I reckon their will be some rotation but not much and our bench is likely to be strong as well today. The FA Cup is a great competition and it would be fantastic for this team to win it. Losing today is not an option as the subsequent supporters/media negativity – given our recent painful cup-exit against Bradford – will be pretty much unbearable.

However, a few players need a rest and at best should start on the bench. Especially Sagna and Cazorla could do with a rest. The same goes for Wilshere, but we need some defensive midfield cover next to Ramsey, and Jack seems to be the best partner for him. Diaby appears to be available again, so maybe he will start instead of Wilshere, but my gut-feeling tells me the lanky Frenchman will start on the bench today.

This is a good game for Ox to play in, and I am pretty sure he’ll start on our right wing. Wenger will also like Giroud and Theo to further improve their partnership up-front, and I reckon the latter will start on the left wing this time, instead of the Pod. Don’t be surprised if Arsenal’s line-up looks more like 4-4-2 against Brighton today.

Apparently, Rosicky is available again, and surely, he will get a start today instead of Cazorla. The Spaniard really needs a rest and The Czech is desperate for a start; let’s hope we’ll see at least this rotation materialise against Brighton.

Our boys need to forget about everything and entirely focus on today’s game and give their all. If we do that, we’ll get through, if not we might get punished by The Seagulls. It is as simple as that!

Come On You Rip Roaring Gunners!!

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95 Responses to Rosicky to conduct our play, Ox to start, and Sagna, Pod and Santi rested?

  1. Gooner4eva49 says:

    Come on the gunners!

    We’ve got to concentrate on our game and not take the opposition for granted.

    I’m sure Wenger has drilled this into the team, to not just expect to turn up and win as we sometimes think. Brighton will give us a game but I truly believe we will win today.

    You could say look what Bradford did, Bradford was and still is something special, but honestly the worse to happen is a replay at the emirates.

    I hope 🙂

    How have things been total?

  2. TotalArsenal says:

    Good to see you back Gooner4eva49! 😎

    What have you been up to recently?

    Things are fine with me, and like you, I am really looking forward to today’s game!

  3. VCC says:

    Sorry Total. Must post this straight away. Zap it if you want.

    UMF !.
    If Alex don’t reply before KO oday his selections are =
    Brighton v Arsenal………..away ( I swear this was the first out of the pot and the away ticket was kosher)

    Brentford v Chelsea………home
    Huddersfield v Leicester…home
    Macc v Wigan……………….draw
    Oldham v Liverpool………..away.

    Odds of 380-1

    Carry on with the post, sorry.

  4. wambam says:

    Bridcutt likes to dictate play, Buckley and Barnes are able players too. They will close down in their own half. Bruno if he plays is not the fastest, so defence is weak against speed which could be something we exploit.

    Brighton will be giving 110%. We need to do the same.

  5. TotalArsenal says:

    Many thanks for the update wambam 🙂

    Do you watch them regularly?

  6. TotalArsenal says:

    No worries VCC, makes total sense to me. 🙂

  7. Gooner4eva49 says:

    Good to be back some very good recent articles. I like the description/perception of Arteta in a recent article on here. Really puts it into perspective.

    Still love yours though!

    I’ve been well and constantly working.
    I had a couple of friends or shall I say a friend and his girlfriend ha ha (we’re all friends aren’t we) coming round for a quiet drink. First bit if socialising in a while, I was so mean and tight that they had to eat something before coming here. Sure I offered them some nuts, not my macadamias though, had some old nuts laying around which was sufficient.

    I can confirm I will b surprised if we sign anyone because I believe now we won’t sign anyone. If we do we will sign a future prospect. Despite being good for the future, that would be bollocks because we said if we would buy anyone it will be a top top player to improve the team. A future prospect doesn’t do that so I’ve just realised I won’t be shocked when that does happen! Sorry for the long winded writing of my personal diary!

  8. TotalArsenal says:

    4eva49, Marcus wrote a good post yesterday, and I fully agree with your assessment.

    You don’t want your friends to become too comfortable at your place, but if it is just the girl next time then I am sure it will be champaign and caviar, and other scrumptious tit-bits! 😛

    I have not got a Kalou what Wenger will do this TW, and I guess it all will depend on availability and price versus Arsene (dithering) needs to improve the squad in certain areas.

    In an old nutshell: let’s just focus on the game; the rest is floating in the air, somewhere! 🙂

  9. VCC says:

    This will not be a stroll in the park today. Brighton have a good manager in Gus Poyet. He had a fine career with Chelsea and was a super header of the ball. A very likeable man.

    I think he will manage a top team one day, or maybe with Brighton if they achieve promotion, which is not impossible as they currently lay 4 points off the play off position.

    Their form home and away is identical = wins 5, draws 6 loses 3.

    They are no pushovers at home, only losing to Birmingham 0-1 who are in 20th position, Middlesbrough 0-1 who are 5th and Watford 1-3 who are in 6th. So you can see apart from the blip with Brum, they are no mugs at home.

    They have Wayne Bridge at left back. I can still see him scoring against us for Chelsea in the champions league at Highbury, which helped knock us out. I ran out of Kleenex that day.

    They also have Vicente, a former Spanish International midfielder. This guy will try and impress against us with his compatriots either playing against him or looking on from the stands.

    I feel we should still have enough guile, skill and artistry in our armoury to beat these guys, even if we go a goal down early. We seem to make things hard for ourselves lately, anyway.

    COYG

  10. TotalArsenal says:

    Great comment, VC and thanks for the additional info on Brighton! 🙂

  11. VCC says:

    With the sun shining, as it is here in wonderful Essex, Brighton should look a picture today.

    We want/demand, wonderful free flowing soccer played by the good guys and an eventual winning score line so we can progress into the next round.

    I love FA Cup draws when we are in it. I try and get our number and as the balls come out of the hat I say to myself, “come on Arsenal get a home draw” and if I see one of the top clubs come out at home and we are still in the hat I can hardly bear to watch.

    I’m still a kid at heart. What would I have done all my life if I didn’t have MY ARSENAL.

    Lets all sing,

    My only Arsenal
    My only Arsenal
    You make me happy
    when sky’s are grey (when sky’s are grey)

    You’ll never notice
    how much I love you

    Please don’t take MY ARSENAL away.

    COME ON YOU GUNNERS

  12. TotalArsenal says:

    You are an old romantic, VCC! Let’s hope for a good game of football and a win! 🙂

  13. Gooner4eva49 says:

    Hear hear VCC

  14. Gooner4eva49 says:

    Pay my respects for Dennis Bergkamp,
    I’ve never seen a man so good.

    Brilliant. Love The Arsenal. Love The Killers. Love The Great Man. Gotta love The Away Boyz.

    Gotta love The Bergkampesque!!!

    COYG

  15. Gooner4eva49 says:

    Site Should be changed to “The Bergkampesque”

  16. VCC says:

    Gooner4eva49.

    We have been blessed with superb football under Wenger.

    I have been supporting Arsenal for almost 58 years and Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal have warmed my heart.

    I have seen us win Leagues and Cups under other managers but have to say his teams have been a joy to watch.

    I wonder how many more years he can keep us at the top? I never thought I would be saying this, but, I am starting to doubt whether he has the energy and knowhow any more.

    I sincerely hope he has. Or he has to go out at the top.

  17. VCC says:

    On Twitter if true??????

    Szez

    Jenkinson…….Kos….Mert……..Santos

    Ramsey……Ox……Rosicky…….Diaby

    Podolski……….Walcott

  18. Gooner4eva49 says:

    VCC This one is for me and you then http://youtu.be/LKJ_zCHLoKU

    I haven’t been alive for 58 years, I fully appreciate what you say and believe you really mean it. I have heard people come out with bollocks like “I’ve been a season ticket holder for 50 years and this is the worse team wenger out!” Crap along those lines you hear.

    It is really refreshing to hear from someone with your experience and knowledge of The Arsenal to make a statement like that.

    I don’t doubt Wenger to run out of energy etc I worry that he won’t carry on any more or not be here one day. His leaving will “be in vain”, could of achieved a lot more but is ruined by arseholes basically. If that makes sense cos I could probably write a few pages about it.

    What he has done and does is amazing. Especially sticking at it defying odds and getting stick. Goes to show what an incredible man he is to carry all that weight/shit and still perform. An aspiration.

  19. Red Arse says:

    Team:

    Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Santos, Diaby, Ramsey, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski, Giroud

    Subs: Mannone, Sagna, Gibbs, Wilshere, Cazorla, Arshavin, Walcott

    Your twitter twat was right VCC. 🙂

  20. oz gunner says:

    http://www.nutjob.eu/

    If anyone needs a stream for the game.

    Cheers for the top notch pre-match TA, really looking forward to this one! Looking forward to seeing jenks get some game time also

  21. Red Arse says:

    Hi TA,

    Very nice pre-match – hits all the right notes, and your team is pretty close, but who would have thought AW would make 6 changes!! 🙂

  22. Red Arse says:

    Hi Oz, 🙂

    And thanks for the stream, I might try that!!

  23. GoonerB says:

    Good day to you all. With that line up I would like to see Ramsey and Diaby play as a deeper central 2 with podolski more central behind Giroud with Rosicky and the Ox either side of Podolski. Please keep Ramsey away from the flank. He has just started to show some confidence and consistency playing in a more central role.

  24. oz gunner says:

    Afternoon RA. Not a problem, hope it works out, if not just give us a bell and i can try and track down some more

  25. GoonerB says:

    Great write up TA. I was thinking about doing a Glic style good-day to you all but thought he may have some patented right on them. And anyway who can say Good day as well as Glic.

  26. The Gooner says:

    Captain Jack! COYG!!!

  27. oz gunner says:

    Good day goonerB, pleasure as always

  28. The Gooner says:

    GIROUD!!!!!

  29. oz gunner says:

    Giroud baby Giroud!!! Counter attacking football is back baby!

  30. oz gunner says:

    ads during the football, damn you ESPN damn you!!!

  31. Red Arse says:

    Gervinho has scored for Ivory Coast against Tunisia.

  32. oz gunner says:

    he’s in some sort of form Gerv, hope he brings it back with him

  33. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi guys 🙂

    Watching a stop and start stream, but better than nothing. Missed the goal; was it any good?

  34. The Gooner says:

    Santos is awful, how can AW not see that he’s not Arsenal quality. Get him out!

  35. The Gooner says:

    Hi TA, was a beautiful curling shot by Giroud to the top corner around the top of the 18-yard box.

  36. The Gooner says:

    Also, my stream is not cutting at all, not great quality though: atdhe.net, second Brighton and Arsenal link on the list.

  37. oz gunner says:

    friggin hell

  38. The Gooner says:

    You can tell Brighton lack quality, 9 players clogging the box and the middle of the pitch on defence.

  39. Red Arse says:

    Sounded disappointing on the radio! 😦

  40. The Gooner says:

    By the way good write up TA, gave me some good insight into the situation at Brighton! Diaby hasn’t been great thus far, would have been nice to see Jack out there but glad he’s getting a rest. Podolski has been invisible today which is fairly typical of him given our team’s inconsistency.

  41. TotalArsenal says:

    Thanks TG – let’s hope we’ll another one of those great 2nd halves!! 🙂

  42. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Oz, hope you have a good time in the dessert and stay away from those scorpions! 😎

  43. Gooner4eva49 says:

    Vipusa2.blogspot.com/2013/01/vipracing-4.html

    Really good stream only that you have to put up with that prick Warren Barton. Please don’t spread the stream keep it between us, don’t want it clogged and lagging!

    It’s ok for us gooners! 🙂

  44. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers 4eva49 🙂

  45. Gooner4eva49 says:

    Shit corner. We wasn’t even concentrating hadn’t got ourselves organised and brighton played a quick short corner and wakey wakey ball is in d back of d net.

    Santos getting stick

  46. Gooner4eva49 says:

    You’re welcome.

    Don’t you just love American T.V?

  47. TotalArsenal says:

    Not good again – will we ever defend properly again?! 😦

    Catch you guys later.

  48. oz gunner says:

    cheers TA, haha you sod, now I’m going to be watching the ground wherever I am!

  49. oz gunner says:

    sorry VCC QPR are as good as gone!

  50. Gooner4eva49 says:

    Dirty bastards.

    Same old arsenal always cheating is d most stupidest incorrect chant anyone can sing

  51. The Gooner says:

    Crossbar for Podolski, so unlucky…

  52. The Gooner says:

    Giroud, he scores when he wants!

  53. Gooner4eva49 says:

    Great goal! Unlucky fk from pod

  54. TotalArsenal says:

    Watch out van Judas: Giroud is on fire and catching up fast 😈

  55. The Gooner says:

    We are awful at defending crosses

  56. The Gooner says:

    Mertesacker…we need a CB replacement

  57. oz gunner says:

    santos is a disgrace!

  58. Gooner4eva49 says:

    Bring Gibbs on

  59. Gooner4eva49 says:

    And of course wilshere

  60. Gooner4eva49 says:

    If pod comes off for theo that’s a joke

  61. Gooner4eva49 says:

    Had to b ox. Only thought it could b pod due to some reason he can’t play 90 mins

  62. The Gooner says:

    Too many turnovers from Ramsey, not up to par yet again today

  63. The Gooner says:

    THEO!!!!!!!!!!

  64. TotalArsenal says:

    \FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEOoooooOOOO

  65. TotalArsenal says:

    Take off Ramsey and bring in Steve Bould! 🙂

  66. The Gooner says:

    TA, I think as soon as Theo signed da ‘ting, my opinion of him suddenly changed hahaha. I love the lad, in my top 3 favourites at Arsenal! Just love it when he curls shots around the keeper along the ground. Though he should have passed that last ball to Giroud after getting up off the ground on the break.

  67. Gooner4eva49 says:

    Gibbs is so good at skipping past players. He has amassed a lot of confidence

  68. oz gunner says:

    agreed 49, what a difference he makes to the team now! I was on the ‘get rid of him he’s too injury prone’ but he’s well and truly made me eat some humble pie!

    Good result, bring on the next one!

  69. Gooner4eva49 says:

    Well done.

    Is frimpong playing for Fulham against manure? If so I hope that Dutch skunk gets frimponged! Cos we all know that Dutch skunk don’t stay dench

  70. Gooner4eva49 says:

    Ha ha nothing wrong with eating humble pie oz sometimes it tastes good.

    No frimpong 😦

  71. TotalArsenal says:

    Feo’s goal was quite a deflection, which I did not see originally, but still good for him to score the winner. Giroud, from what I saw, was fantastic today.

    Agreed 4eva49 re Gibbs. I love his hunger and drive: just does not waste any time but wants to go forward.

  72. oz gunner says:

    6 points to me in the UMF league, I’m a comin’ VCC!

  73. Red Arse says:

    G4E

    Thanks for the link — worked a treat!

    Ecstatic with the win. Distraught with the overall standard of our play.

    This is NOT knee jerk — but I simply do not rate Metesecker. He cannot jump, and he could have been beaten by a snail for pace in the 2nd half! 😦

    Damn! I think he is another one of yours TA. 😛

  74. TotalArsenal says:

    Oz, did Ms Oz watch the game with you?

  75. TotalArsenal says:

    Hahaha, my boys are doing fine and proving you wrong, wrong, wrong 🙂

    I am worried about the Big Frustrating German as well at the moment. Not his best spell, but he’ll come good again, I hope! 🙄

  76. Gooner4eva49 says:

    You’re welcome Red Arse.

    Ha ha on the bfg assessment. It’s amazing Someone that tall can’t head the ball. I kno being tall doesn’t mean you can jump but come on! I do like the bfg very much but can’t help agreeing with you with the comparison with the snail and big per German “white men can’t jump”.

    Gibbs has stuck out for me in d last few weeks

  77. oz gunner says:

    nah not tonight TA, baby steps haha.

    @ RA

    he is starting to change my opinion of him also. Seems he is getting caught out more and more often

  78. oz gunner says:

    I think it was Rocky who said ‘BFG jumps down’

    It’s definitely the case

  79. Gooner4eva49 says:

    Anyone gonna put themselves through watching the manure game?

  80. Gooner4eva49 says:

    It’s never the same not watching arsenal. Very difficult to watch especially a bunch of arseholes.

    Some games are enjoyable or if you wanna watch a particular player’s type/style of play.

  81. glic says:

    Afternoon Curly Fuzz Boxes. 😆

    I`m f**king shitting myself, being rushed for time this morning , I didn`t put my bet on at 39000-1 and Luton and MK Dons have both won, so now I`m hoping Manu, Chavs and Bindippers dont get beat, otherwise I shall have to wack my hampton with a club hammer every day for the rest of my life !.

    Happy Australia Day ( aka rogger a marsupial day ) down under boyz !. 🙂
    It`s that one day of the year when you can celebrate just like the fore fathers…..ie….some murdering……pillaging …..rape etc !, with the added excuse of an Arsenal win !. hahaha

    I

  82. Red Arse says:

    Glic, 😛 😛 😛

  83. The Gooner says:

    There are clearly some players in this squad who are not of Arsenal quality (Santos), and some who have good spells followed by bouts of inconsistency and we could stand to use an upgrade if we are to take the next step forward in becoming title contenders (Mertesacker, Ramsey, Mannone). It’d also be a blessing if we could sell our loanees (Chamakh, Djourou, Bendtner and Park) to their respective on-loan teams to get their wages off the bill. We’ll also be rid of Arshavin this summer, which means there is an opportunity to AW to make up for his past mistakes in the TW by bringing in some top quality players to fill the gaps.

  84. GoonerB says:

    Glic 17.38. Don’t they have days like that in Cornwall? Or maybe everyday is like that in Cornwall, and you have one special day for everyone to recuperate before the raping and pillaging starts over.

  85. TotalArsenal says:

    4eva49 – I cannot watch any of the Mancs games, especially this season. I always want them to lose and that is not a healthy way of watching a match.

    GoonerB

    Don’t give the Glicxster any ideas!! 🙂

  86. glic says:

    Hi GoonerB 🙂

    Pop around my place and I will reveal to you that one special rest day .
    Trouble is, your odds of making it to my front door without being Arse-raped are 365-1 !.
    Obviously, I could tell you the date on here, but that would spoil the fun !. hahaha

    I see my mate Stretch returned briefly. He had been moonlighting as a driver for Ann Summers, delivering sex toys and bondage equipment !. Unfortunately or fortunately, he crashed into an isolated out in the sticks home for nymphomaniacs and lesbians, so he`s a bit tied up at the moment and suffering from exhaustion !.

    Breaking News!!!!………..A second vechile carrying supplies of Red Bull and Viagra have luckily also crashed into the same location !.
    Straight over to BetVic`s, ” What was the odds on that happening Vic`s ” ?

    If you would like to visit Stretch, I have the location postcode for your Sat Nav, however, you will have to pop around here ( Cornwall ) for it !. Are them odds of 365-1 looking any better ?. hahaha

  87. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers TG!

    Keep listening to the Bolero and maybe it will all end with a fine crescendo for us! 🙂

  88. Gooner4eva49 says:

    Yes same way I feel Total when watching them. But very nice to see stuff go against them (unlikely due to them bribing/fixing everything).

  89. TotalArsenal says:

    We need to smash them at Ashburton Grove 4eva49, to restore some pride again!

    Night to you and all other fine Gooners. 🙂

    Keep rockin’

  90. TotalArsenal says:

    Goooooood morning! 🙂

    Only saw a summary on ITV so not enough to do a match review. Might issue a post later on.

  91. TotalArsenal says:

    New Post – New Post.

    Another fine post by Marcus! 🙂

  92. Macko says:

    On the match of Brighton: Ramsey, Diaby, Chamberlain, Mertesaker and especially Santos is lacking conviction, rabies(fury).
    When I look at them one would say tourist, there is of the job(work) to be able to matter(count) on these people because it is necessary not to be to amaze if against the big teams we often lose…..
    Have has to win but by looking at the match I tore away(extracted) hair to has players’ change or the one saw the difference if mister Arsène Wenger do not see which(who) misses us a good powerful defensive environment(middle), I think that he(it) is good the only one view(sight) the number of demand(request) for a player has this post:)

  93. TotalArsenal says:

    Macko, click on ‘Home’ and you will see the new post at the top of Bergkampesque. Then click on the title and you are in the new post. 🙂

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