FA Cup

  • C. O'Grady 50’
  • S. Baldock 75’
  • 2’ T. Walcott
  • 24’ M. Özil
  • 59’ T. Rosický
0 Extra Time 0
2 Full Time 3
0 Half Time 2
FA Cup
The American Express Community Stadium
Attendance 30,278


    • KICK OFF
    • 90'
      What an opportunity for Ramsey! Rosicky sprints down the right flank before sending an absolutely fantastic cross that finds the Welshman at the back post, but he ends up firing his volley into the ground and over the top of the goal.
    • 90'
      Once again, Sanchez decides to shoot from the free kick but this time his strike is poor and clears the top of the crossbar by a few yards.
    • 90'
      Dunk dives into the feet of Rosicky, bringing the Czech's run to an end on the edge of the penalty area. However, the ball ends up hitting the defender's hand and Arsenal are awarded yet another free kick as a result.
    • 90'
      Great strike by Sanchez! The Chilean curls a brilliant shot from the free kick that Stockdale does incredibly well to get a hand on to stop it from flying into the back of the net.
    • 90'
      Akpom continues to cause the Brighton defence plenty of problems, and, again, he's brought down just outside of the penalty area, this time by Dunk, earning his side a free kick and a chance to breathe.
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      My name is Ben Cullimore and it's been an absolute pleasure describing all of the action to you this afternoon. Until next time, goodbye!
    • 0'
      What a great second half that was! Full credit to Brighton for coming out all guns blazing after the half-time break and, as a result, coming so close to pulling off what would have been a truly spectacular comeback. However, in the end, Arsenal were just too strong, and despite their best efforts t
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      The two teams are making their way back out onto the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.
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      Bar a few bright moments, Brighton have been very poor so far, lacking belief and purpose both on and off the ball. Walcott's early goal seemed to knock out of the hosts any belief that they had of pulling off an upset, and since then Arsenal have looked comfortable at both ends of the pitch. Their
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      The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
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      As for Arsenal, boss Arsene Wenger has decided to make seven alterations to the side that won against Hull, with David Ospina, Hector Bellerin, Per Mertesacker, Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla, Joel Campbell and Alexis Sanchez all making way for Wojciech Szczesny, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs, Ma
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      Chris Hughton has made four changes to the Brighton side that started the win against Brentford in the third round, with Bruno, Joe Bennett, Jake Forster-Caskey and Chris O'Grady coming into the squad to replace Adam Chicksen, Solomon March, Joao Carlos and Craig Mackail-Smith.
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      Arsenal substitutes: Martinez, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Coquelin, Cazorla, Sanchez, Akpom.
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      Arsenal XI (4-1-4-1): Szcezsny; Chambers, Koscielny, Monreal, Gibbs; Flamini; Walcott, Ramsey, Rosicky, Ozil; Giroud.
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      Brighton & Hove Albion substitutes: Walton, Rea, Chicksen, Hughes, March, Colunga, Mackail-Smith.
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      Brighton & Hove Albion XI (4-2-3-1): Stockdale; Bruno, Greer, Dunk, Bennett; Holla, Ince; Calderon, Forster-Caskey, Baldock; O'Grady.
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      There's just over 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let's have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this afternoon...
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      As for Arsenal, they too have looked impressive in recent weeks, losing just one of their last nine games in all competitions. They comfortably saw off fellow Premier League side Hull City in the last round of the FA Cup to set up a tie with Brighton, one that Arsene Wenger will be expecting his tea
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      After embarking on a dreadful run of just one win in 16 games under the less than convincing rule of Sami Hyypia, things are looking up for Brighton, who, despite still hovering precariously close to the Championship relegation zone, have only lost one of their last five clashes, with four of those
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      Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of today's FA Cup fourth round clash between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal. My name is Ben Cullimore and I will be keeping you up to date with all of the action from the Amex.
    • 1'
      And we're off! Arsenal get us underway, attacking from right to left.
    • 2'
      G T. Walcott Assist C. Chambers
    • 2'
      Assist by C. Chambers.
    • 2'
      GOAL! What a start for Arsenal! Chambers embarks on a brilliant run down the right flank before cutting the ball back to Walcott, who is completely unmarked inside the penalty and easily able to fire a great shot into the bottom-left-hand corner of the net.
    • 4'
      Arsenal immediately win back possession from the kick off and embark on another impressive attack, but this time Giroud is unable to find Walcott with his deft pass forward on the edge of the penalty area.
    • 6'
      Another chance for Arsenal! Ramsey is left in acres of space in the middle of the pitch, allowing him to dart forward before firing a low shot that is deflected out of play for a corner by Dunk.
    • 7'
      Ozil sends a great ball in from the resulting set-piece that finds the head of Giroud, but the Frenchman's effort on goal ends up ricocheting off a blue and white shirt before it's able to find the back of the net.
    • 9'
      Again, Arsenal find plenty of space between the Brighton lines, allowing Ramsey and Walcott to link up well before earning the visitors another corner. It's half cleared by the hosts' defence but only as far as Rosicky, who then unleashes a low shot from 30 yards out that is blocked well by O'Grady.
    • 11'
      After 10 nervy minutes, the hosts are finally able to compose themselves and push forward on an attack of their own. They patiently work their way down the right wing but are unable to find a way through the sea of Arsenal shirts in front of them.
    • 13'
      Bruno breaks forward on a determined run down the right flank before attempting to send a deft through-ball into the path of Calderon, but there's a lack of understanding between the two Spaniards and the pass ends up rolling harmlessly out of play for a goal kick.
    • 15'
      Ince picks up the ball near the halfway line before sending a lovely pass into the path of Baldock on the edge of the Arsenal penalty area, but Gibbs is there to nod the ball into the hands of Szczesny.
    • 17'
      Ozil and Ramsey link up well just outside of the penalty area on the right wing before the latter tries to dart into the box, but Ince is there to halt his run with a good interception.
    • 19'
      A poor pass gifts possession to Ince, who immediately sends a great ball into the path of O'Grady. The striker attempts to turn and tee up Baldock on the left side of the penalty area but his pass is cut out at the vital moment by Koscielny.
    • 21'
      Nervy moments at the back for Brighton! Bennett slips and loses the ball 25 yards out, allowing Walcott to break away quickly. He runs at the hosts' back four but is dispossessed by Dunk before he is able to set up Rosicky.
    • 23'
      Arsenal are bossing possession in the Brighton half of the pitch but are finding it incredibly difficult to find a way through the hosts' determined defensive line.
    • 24'
      G M. Özil Assist C. Chambers
    • 24'
      T. Rosický provided the assist.
    • 24'
      GOAL! And just like that, Arsenal find an opening! Rosicky cuts inside from the left wing and, left in acres of space by the Brighton midfield, is easily able to send a reverse ball to Ozil, who takes two touches before slotting a low shot past Stockdale and into the back of the net to make it 2-0.
    • 26'
      Bruno whips a curling cross towards the edge of the Arsenal penalty where it meets Baldock, but his long-range header ends up flying high and wide and out for a goal kick.
    • 28'
      A misplaced pass from Ince is sent straight into the feet of Rosicky, who then pushes forward before cutting the ball over to Giroud. The Frenchman unleashes a shot from just outside of the penalty area but, again, Dunk is there to throw his body in the way of the strike.
    • 30'
      What a chance for Brighton! The hosts break away on arguably their best attack of the game so far, with Forster-Caskey sending a brilliant cross into the heart of the penalty area. Koscielny fails to deal with the pass and the ball eventually drops to Baldock, who then sees his curling shot fizz jus
    • 32'
      Bennett sends a deft ball down the left flank and O'Grady attempts to run on to it, but the striker ends up getting out-muscled by Chambers and Arsenal win themselves a throw-in near the corner flag.
    • 34'
      A poor header from Dunk sends the ball into the feet of Ramsey, but the Welshman, under very little pressure from the Brighton midfield, ends up chipping a pass over the head of Giroud and into the grateful hands of Stockdale.
    • 36'
      Brighton are looking far more confident when pushing forward. A long ball from Bruno finds O'Grady just outside of the penalty area, and the striker's quick back-heel then reaches Forster-Caskey, who sends a fierce long-range shot just a few yards over the top of the crossbar.
    • 38'
      Again, Brighton push forward on a determined attack but it's brought to a disappointing end by Ince, who asks too much of Baldock with a lofted pass that Chambers is able to shepherd out of play for a goal kick.
    • 40'
      Ramsey flies into the back of Forster-Caskey and makes slight contact with the midfielder, resulting in a free kick for Brighton 35 yards out.
    • 41'
      The resulting set-piece is chipped towards the back post where three Brighton players are camped, but Monreal is just about able to cut out the danger with a strong header at the vital moment.
    • 43'
      Great block by Dunk! Ramsey and Walcott play a nice one-two on the right side of the Brighton penalty area before the Welshman unleashes a rocket of a shot that the centre-back gets a head on to stop from flying into the back of the net.
    • 45'
      The fourth official has indicated that there will be one minute of added time.
    • 46'
      And we're underway once again!
    • 48'
      Rosicky lifts a lovely ball over the top of the Brighton defence and into the path of Giroud, but the pass ends up spinning backwards slightly, which allows Dunk to head it into the hands of Stockdale.
    • 49'
      Ince clumsily brings Giroud down 25 yards out, resulting in a free kick for Arsenal. Ozil curls the resulting set-piece into the penalty area but it's poorly struck and is comfortably cleared by the Brighton defence.
    • 50'
      G C. O'Grady Assist C. Chambers
    • 50'
      GOAL! Completely against the run of play, Brighton have scored! Arsenal fail to clear the ball and it drops to O'Grady, who spins round Flamini with ease before firing a brilliant shot past the stationary figure of Szczesney. Game on!
    • 52'
      That goal has filled Brighton with confidence! Calderon rushes down the left flank and is tripped over clumsily by Chambers, and the hosts are awarded a free kick in a very dangerous position as a result.
    • 53'
      Holla chips the free kick towards O'Grady in the heart of the Arsenal box but it's only able to find a yellow and blue shirt near the penalty spot.
    • 55'
      Rosicky sends a great pass out to Ozil, who cuts inside from the left wing before curling a low cross that Bruno does well to intercept and send out of play for a corner.
    • 57'
      Forster-Caskey threads a lovely through-ball past Koscielny and into the path of Calderon, who then goes down near the penalty spot. The Spaniard screams for a penalty but the referee is uninterested and ignores his pleas.
    • 59'
      G T. Rosický Assist C. Chambers
    • 59'
      The assist came from O. Giroud.
    • 59'
      GOAL! What a strike by Rosicky! Greer loses the ball just outside of the penalty area, allowing Giroud to chip a lovely pass that the Czech midfielder volleys into the goal from just inside the box.
    • 61'
      Again, Brighton lose possession in a dangerous position deep inside their own half of the pitch, allowing Arsenal to push down the left wing before Giroud sends a low cross into the box that Ince thumps away from danger.
    • 63'
      SI S. March SO C. Chambers
    • 63'
      Brighton have decided to make their first substitution of the game, with March coming on to take the place of Bruno, who seems to have picked up a slight injury.
    • 65'
      Forster-Caskey sends a teasing ball past Chambers that almost meets Baldock just outside of the penalty area on the left wing, but Koscielny does well to rush out and intercept the pass at the vital moment.
    • 66'
      O'Grady picks up the ball with his back to goal after good play from March, but the striker's low shot is poor and ends up flying well wide of the far post.
    • 68'
      Great stop by Stockdale! Walcott receives the ball on the left wing and cuts inside before firing a strong shot towards the near post, but the Brighton goalkeeper does well to get down low and parry the strike away from danger before successfully collecting the ball.
    • 69'
      March skips past Flamini but is crowded out by a sea of Arsenal players on the edge of the penalty area before he is able to send a pass out to O'Grady, who was the only other Brighton player with him in the final third of the pitch.
    • 70'
      SI C. Akpom SO C. Chambers
    • 70'
      SI A. Sánchez SO C. Chambers
    • 70'
      And the second is Sanchez, who replaces Walcott.
    • 70'
      Arsenal have decided to make a double substitution with little over 20 minutes left to play. The first player to come on is Akpom, who takes the place of Giroud.
    • 72'
      March turns around Flamini before firing the ball across the pitch to Bennett, but the left-back's deep cross is slightly overhit and misses the heads of both Baldock and O'Grady in the middle of the penalty area.
    • 73'
      Akpom embarks on a marauding run before playing a nice one-two with Rosicky, who is then tripped over by Baldock, who receives a yellow card as a result.
    • 75'
      G S. Baldock Assist C. Chambers
    • 75'
      D. Holla gave the assist.
    • 75'
      GOAL! Brighton are back in the game once again! Poor defending from Arsenal allows Baldock to charge through the centre of Monreal and Koscielny before chipping the ball over Szczesny and into the back of the net. With just 15 minutes left to play, can Arsenal hold on?
    • 77'
      Tackles are flying in all over the place! Three Brighton players fight with Sanchez for the ball, leaving the Chilean in a heap on the floor and Arsene Wenger looking extremely angry on the touch line. The crowd are roaring and the hosts are full of belief once again!
    • 78'
      Bennett dances his way into the Arsenal penalty area from the left wing before firing a low shot that Koscielny is just about able to get in the way of.
    • 79'
      Akpom attempts to break away quickly after Arsenal regain possession but the youngster is brought down by Holla, who halts his run with an outstretched leg near the halfway line.
    • 80'
      SI F. Coquelin SO C. Chambers
    • 80'
      Arsenal have made their final change of the afternoon, with Coquelin coming on to take the place of Ozil in an attempt to help his side hold on to their slender lead.
    • 81'
      Wonderful save by Stockdale! Arsenal break away incredibly quickly through Sanchez, who only has two defenders in front of him. He sends a pass out to Akpom, who then skips past Bennett inside the penalty area before forcing the Brighton goalkeeper into a good stop with his feet.
    • 82'
      SI Adrián Colunga SO C. Chambers
    • 82'
      And now Brighton have made another substitution, with Forster-Caskey making way for Colunga.
    • 84'
      A high boot from Greer flies into the thigh of Sanchez, bringing the Chilean down just a few yards outside of the Brighton penalty area.
    • 85'
      Sanchez hits the crossbar! His curling shot from the resulting set-piece takes a slight deflection off the wall that helps it on to the top of the woodwork and out for a corner.
    • 86'
      March twists and turns past Chambers just inside the penalty area before earning his side a corner. It's flung into the box where it pinballs around after unconvincing goalkeeping from Szczesny, but Arsenal are finally able to clear the danger.
    • 87'
      Again, Akpom uses his pace and skill to great effect, flying past Ince before finally being tripped over by Greer, who is shown a yellow card as a result.
    • 89'
      It's all Brighton at the moment as they push forward searching for a late equaliser, but, despite their best efforts, they just can't get a shot away as a result of strong, disciplined defending from the visitors.
    • 90'
      The fourth official has indicated that there will be four minutes of added time.

    Line Up




    Graham Potter
    Mikel Arteta



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 12 6
    Yellow Cards 4 0
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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