The first match of the new year and it's a tough one. Southampton have been the surprise team of the season and have been particularly difficult at home. I was at this match last season and Arsenal came away from the south coast with a 2-2 draw. Hopefully the team can start off the new year with three points.
So we are underway at The St. Mary's Stadium . Arsenal with a win will go to the 4th spot . #SOUARS #SFCvAFC #COYG
— Swarit Sohaard (@SSohaard) January 1, 2015
United draw. An Arsenal win today will mean we're only 1 point behind United.
— Özil Wizardry (@OzilWizardry) January 1, 2015
The time is 06~45 on the 1st of January... HAS ARSENAL SIGNED AND ONE YET
— Ian COYG Brewer (@ianlilysam) January 1, 2015
At the hotel, receiving the 2015 with the team...Tomorrow is a very important match!!! 💤💤 pic.twitter.com/TQCAwb3pM4
— Alexis Sánchez (@Alexis_Sanchez) January 1, 2015
So much for a happy new year. This was a deplorable display and a tale of two goalkeepers. In typical Arsenal fashion the Gunners had the majority of the possession and more shots on goal than their opposition. Unfortunately Fraser Forster stopped everything in his path, while Wojciech Szczesny made two costly errors which resulted in Southampton's two goals.
Szczesny should not be held solely responsible for the loss, however, as once again the Arsenal defense was left looking pretty shaky. Per Mertesacker is coming under increasing scrutiny as his pace and judgement often leave a lot to be desired.
This was a terrible way to start off 2015 and of course led to more Twitter vitriol from within the Arsenal fan base.
Yeah we were crap today but still fans blame Wenger. Someone tell me what he could have done about those two schoolboy mistakes by Szczeney?
— OBG (@OldBaldGooner) January 1, 2015
We are in trouble. What does AW need before investing a proper defense? Redic #ArsenaI
— Heather (@GoonerGirl15) January 1, 2015
When Arsenal fuck up, they fuck up in style.
— ML (@DrMikeLiu) January 1, 2015
New Years Come And Its The Same Old Crap!! - Claude upset with inept display #Southampton 2 #Arsenal 0... http://t.co/cos8972ysU
— ArsenalFanTV (@arsenalfantv) January 1, 2015
Glad to see Arsenal Twitter 2015 is just as 'entertaining' as it was last year, you guys never fail to produce
— Yasmin Gooner (@Yasmin_Gooner) January 1, 2015
Sunday, January 4 Arsenal vs. Hull 12:30PM EST FA Cup Third Round
There's no time to dwell on the abysmal loss to Southampton as it's time for Arsenal to begin the challenge of defending their FA Cup trophy. As fate would have it, last season's finalists, Hull and Arsenal, were drawn together in the third round with the match taking place at the Emirates.
Steve Bruce's Hull are having a rough go of it this season and nothing but an Arsenal victory will be acceptable.
David Ospina gets the start in goal. It's hard to read too much in to this decision. Wenger has often gone with the backup keeper in cup ties and perhaps this season is no different. However, after Szczesny's nightmare match at Southampton and reports that he was found "smoking in the shower", perhaps he is being sent a message from the manager that he better shape up.
Big day for David Ospina. Chance to properly start #AFC career. Solid display could earn him a run in side. Think he's good enough to be no1
— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) January 4, 2015
Hoping for a win against Hull tomorrow... Let's not make this a repeat of Southampton.
— Natan Oster (@arsenalNatan) January 4, 2015
Walcott STARTS! Exactly one year since his last. The result that day? #AFCLive pic.twitter.com/qDOO48hd11
— Goonersphere.com (@Goonersphere) January 4, 2015
The whole world better be excited to watch the most successful club in FA Cup history defend their title.
— First Class Gooner (@Sanjay_AFC) January 4, 2015
Morning all, it’s matchday! How are you feeling ahead of #AFCvHCFC? http://t.co/EsPDHK6QD3 pic.twitter.com/VSZ0MwPnew
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 4, 2015
Keeping an eye on the FA Cup today, hoping to see an Arsenal victory! #AFC #FACup good luck...
— Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10) January 4, 2015
What a difference a few days can make. Despite the final score being just 2-0, this match was never in any doubt. Arsenal controlled the play and Hull could have shot at Arsenal's goal all night and still not have scored.
Mertesacker has received a lot of grief lately for his lack of pace. When Arsenal lined up for a corner in the 20th minute, a friend of mine turned to me and said this is where Mertesacker's height should be an advantage. I agreed but said he never scores regardless. So, what does the BFG do? He scores a header from an Alexis Sanchez corner. I have no problem being proven wrong when it comes to Arsenal goals.
With a slim 1-0 advantage the second half was a bit more nerve wracking than it should have been. Regardless of Arsenal's domination, as we all know, one moment of madness could ruin the day. Therefore a second goal was necessary to calm the nerves.
Of course it was Alexis Sanchez that put the match to bed. Santi Cazorla found Sanchez in the 82nd minute and he coolly slotted the ball in to the back of the net.
In year's past Arsenal always seemed to be drawn against tough competition while Chelsea & Manchester United drew minnows. Of course the same did happen for Chelsea and United in round 4, but for once Arsenal got a kind draw as well. They will travel to Brighton for a fourth round meeting.
Solid performance. Good to get back on the winning trail. Sorry, forgot we have WON 8 Drawn 1 and lost 2 of our last 11 games. COYG. #crisis
— Sam Marchiöne (@sammarchione) January 4, 2015
we don't need to play Ospina to teach Szczesny a lesson, we need to play Ospina because he's better, its that simple.
— GoonAFC (@GunnerAB10) January 4, 2015
Relaxing after the game... ⚽️⚽️☺️ pic.twitter.com/69sRzbsasE
— Alexis Sánchez (@Alexis_Sanchez) January 4, 2015
BFG finally figured out that tall guys should probably score off corners LOL. 1-0!!!
— Blöke in Brööklyn (@BrooklynShaun) January 4, 2015
Ospina Should Start From Now On !!! - #Arsenal 2 Hull City 0. #AFCvHCFC #ARSvHULL http://t.co/5uyS7szzJq
— ArsenalFanTV (@arsenalfantv) January 5, 2015
PICTURE: Per Mertesacker and Alexis Sanchez both on target as @Arsenal beat @HullCity in The #FACup Third Round pic.twitter.com/XrRPuYoEpm
— The FA (@FA) January 4, 2015
Am I the only one not overly wetting my pants over Arsenal signing Sanchez? From what I've seen of him he is incredibly inconsistant.
— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) July 11, 2014
Sunday January 11, 2014 Arsenal vs. Stoke 8:30AM
The cavemen are in London today and this is a grudge match where Arsenal must restore order and prove that they are superior to Stoke. For whatever reason this band of thugs have become our bogey team and last month's 3-2 loss needs to be avenged.
The good news on the Arsenal front is the return to the first team of Ozil, Walcott and Ramsey. Fans have been waiting forever to get the chance to see Ozil, Walcott and Sanchez on the pitch at the same time. It may not come today, but at least the possibility is now there.
So Excited to see ozil on the pitch again. #AFC
— KaterinaAFC (@kaysMalawi) January 11, 2015
Stoke fans parked and ready for the match. #COYG pic.twitter.com/bweYzgcpYS
— mark cönwáy (@1markconway) January 11, 2015
Quite an incredible statistic. #AFC pic.twitter.com/3v4MUgIYA7
— The Gooner (@TheGoonerSite) January 11, 2015
Wenger: 'Ospina done well in the last game and deserves to play again. it's a good opportunity to look at Ospina.' pic.twitter.com/GW3no3AUb2
— We Love Arsenal (@tomgunner14) January 11, 2015
Expecting a big game from our lads today. Kickoff in a few minutes. Come on @Arsenal #AFCvSCFC
— ArsenalFanTV (@arsenalfantv) January 11, 2015
Forget Spurs, Chelsea, City or United. I hate Stoke more than any other club. Absolute vermin.
— 1886 (@1886_blog) January 11, 2015
Up early to watch Arsenal take on Stoke City at the Emirates. COME ON ARSENAL!
— Greg Bacani (@GregInACab) January 11, 2015
Szczesny was playing with fire. Never fuck with Arsene. Let's admit it thoh, Ospina was fantastic the last match. A repeat today will be..👌
— Abubakar Hussein (@awesomehabibi) January 11, 2015
TUNE IN: Arsenal and Stoke City are about to kickoff! #BPLonNBC pic.twitter.com/2JChKXWh3X
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) January 11, 2015
COME ON ARSENAL
— JöshAFC (@JoshAFC_1886) January 11, 2015
This was more like it. Arsenal dominated in every offensive category and most importantly on the scoreboard. The 3-0 final is actually flattering to Stoke as this match could have easily finished 9-0.
Of course there was plenty of thug behavior on display and once incident in particular has hurt Arsenal badly. Stoke's Marko Arnautovic clearly pushed Matthieu Debuchy in the back as the defender chased down a ball. The push resulted in Debuchy hitting the advertising boards and the need for the medical staff. In addition to cuts on his face, Debuchy suffered a dislocated shoulder and will certainly be out of action again for a while. We shall see if Arnautovic will face punishment, but somehow referee Jonathan Moss didn't even issue a yellow card.
Arsenal got the match off to a fast start with a goal in the sixth minute.Sanchez sent a cross in to the box which Laurent Koscielny superbly met with his head and put back in to the net.
Tomas Rosicky and the amazing Alexis Sanchez combined for the Gunner's second goal in the 33rd minute. Sanchez is a magician and he proved it when his free kick in the 49th minute got over the wall and by the diving Asmir Begovic to give Arsenal a 3-0 lead. The rest was pretty formulaic Arsenal ball control and running out the clock.
Ospina wasn't challenged much in goal, but he kept a clean sheet and Arsenal had a solid win against a much loathed band of thugs.
On another note, Southampton went to Old Trafford today and defeated ManU in front of Fergie and the Old Trafford faithful. So as things stand, "title chasing Manchester United" has just a one point lead on "crisis club Arsenal". Let's see how the media twists this reality.
what a joy it is to see a player with such an incredible work ethic be so technically gifted as well. Sanchez is special. #AFC
— Danny Karbassiyoon (@dkarbassiyoon) January 11, 2015
@ThierryHenry @piresrobert7 you boys gave the lads a big lift today. #Legends #afc
— Blöke in Brööklyn (@BrooklynShaun) January 11, 2015
Alexis Sanchez' game by numbers: 7 take ons, 5 chances created, 2 blocks, 2 goals, 1 assist, 83% pass accuracy. pic.twitter.com/gBRey0fvkx
— Fresh Arsenal (@Fresh_Arsenal) January 11, 2015
Was great to have a comfortable game for once. You just forget how good we can be
— Passenal (@Passenal1) January 11, 2015
— We Love Arsenal (@tomgunner14) January 11, 2015
Giroud, Özil, Ramsey, & Walcott back. Hopefully it's a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015 EVERYBODY! :)
— Supriti (@LadyGooner8) January 11, 2015
LOL!!! Trains to #Stoke cancelled! Everyone lock your doors and windows!
— Sion Lewis (@rsdlew) January 11, 2015
Alexis Sanchez was a world-class player at Barcelona and is a world-class player at Arsenal, difference is he's appreciated at Arsenal.
— MS19 (@mikesanz19) January 11, 2015
Thought Coquelin played very well today. Just shows what having a "dynamic" player in midfield can do. Real test will come next week though
— Aqeel Butt (@AqeelButt3) January 11, 2015
Thats more like the Arsenal we know,players coming back,kos and merte look like there old shelf tigether and sanchez at his inperious best!!
— Peter Gibson (@Gibo_AFC) January 11, 2015
Walcott, Sanchez and Özil are gracing the same field. A rainbow forms overhead. Choirboys sing. Rebels in Ukraine lay down their arms. Love.
— Suleman (@NamelusWonder) January 11, 2015
All Gooners please share this. Over to you @FA, what do you have to say to this? RT @Artekkers: This is disgusting pic.twitter.com/GTyaByMV0T
— Danny Welbeck (@WelBeast) January 11, 2015
“@TaraNguyen33: Wonderful feeling #3pts #COYG pic.twitter.com/O8xbZyHJkK” Very good feeling. Arsenal's confidence is growing every game!!!
— Drewbacca (@AndrewNunnari) January 11, 2015
So happy to see Mesut Özil back in action! #Arsenal pic.twitter.com/Du07o9PSfk
— Arsenal (@ArsenalsRelated) January 11, 2015
The attacking lineup of arsenal is so fucking good.. we just need a good DM and a defender to be serious for any trophy
— TH14 (@ArsenalPhiliac) January 11, 2015
This is why we love Giroud👊 https://t.co/GziJdDIu3K
— Daniel Jackson (@Daniel_Jackson3) January 11, 2015
With the man of the match #alexis#Sanchez#theopires. Well done Gunners http://t.co/28rLfOcDuw
— robert pires (@piresrobert7) January 11, 2015
Sunday, January 18, 2015 11AM EST Arsenal at Manchester City
It's a tough trip to the oil fields of Manchester City for Arsenal and it's time for Arsenal to show that the team has it in them to win difficult games against tough competition. Manchester City have looked less than champions caliber on a number of occasions this season and Arsenal need to show some toughness and determination if they are to start being a title challenger (this year or in the future). With every team we needed to lose yesterday winning (Manure, Spuds, Chavs, the scousers and Southampton) this match is more important than ever. For some reason I have a feeling of hope inside me today and I'm hoping that that's a sign of something good to happen.
Come on boys those 3 points are coming to London 🙌🙏
— Damian Emi Martinez (@emimartinezz1) January 18, 2015
Impessed with the squad big game for Coq and Ospina. Cmon @Arsenal lets show who we really are. #arsenal #goonerfamily #COYG #AFC #MCFCvAFC
— Harish (@harishAFC) January 18, 2015
Here's the chance for @HectorBellerin to step up and prove his worth! Great pace and loads of potential! #MCFCvAFC
— Mike Goncalves (@MGoncalves10) January 18, 2015
Happy with the team! Ospina deserves to keep his place in goal. Bellerin and Chambo down the right should be good for us. Unreal pace.
— Sánchez (@NathanielC_97) January 18, 2015
Big games for big players. Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal take on Manchester City in an hour. #MCFCvAFC pic.twitter.com/XVrHEhPkl8
— KICKTV (@KICKTV) January 18, 2015
With this team #Arsenal can beat the combined best 11 of the world !!! #COYG #Arsenal4Life #ArsenalFamily
— Fahad Afridi (@37gunner) January 18, 2015
Today @ThierryHenry will start his new roll with @SkySports alongside with @GNev2 For the #Arsenal game Cant wait🙌 pic.twitter.com/xSdM2S7Nfv
— MR ARSENAL (@TroyNeighbour) January 18, 2015
Francis Coquelin has a chance to show everyone that Wenger didn't make a mistake. #arsenal
— l e t h a b o ! ! ! (@lethabomaesela1) January 18, 2015
Here are the confirmed teams for #MCFCvAFC... pic.twitter.com/cUyXOyMDa6
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 18, 2015
Still looks as cool as a cucumber don't he best thing to happen to @SkySports pic.twitter.com/g7GtqybyTu
— CRAZYGOONER (@BillyKilby) January 18, 2015
Very close to the game now. We can beat them. COYG
— Red Hot Chilean (@ArsenalsCannon) January 18, 2015
Wow, what a great first half performance from Arsenal at the home of Sheik Mansour and his oil barons. The big news for City heading in to the match was the return of Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany. In the first 45 minutes Aguero hardly touched the ball and Kompany played a big part in Arsenal's opening goal. A mistimed trip of Nacho Monreal in the box from Kompany was immediately called as a penalty. The always reliable Santi Cazorla stepped up and despite Hart guessing the right way, Cazorla's spot kick was in the back of the net and Arsenal took the lead in thhge 24th minute.
BREAKING - Arsenal have won a first half game of football against a top 4 side.
— Goon (@irishgooner_) January 18, 2015
great first half by @Arsenal
— l e t h a b o ! ! ! (@lethabomaesela1) January 18, 2015
Coquelin showing some steel and fiery character. Well done lad
— Bernard the Gooner (@bernard_neo) January 18, 2015
Well played the Arsenal, great performance. More of the same second half.
— Vik (@ViktheViking1) January 18, 2015
Loving Bellerin's and Coquelin's play
— AlbanianGunner (@GunnerAlbanian) January 18, 2015
This is more like it. This is Arsenal. Come on you Gunners.
— Louwrens Lemmer (@LoveTheGunners) January 18, 2015
There's no point in playing a perfect first half if we're to throw it away in the second half. Big second half to come.
— Forever Arsenal (@Forever_RedArmy) January 18, 2015
A solid second half performance as well from the Gunners and this time there was to be no capitulation. Despite City dominating the possession and the corner count, the Arsenal defense held solid and I actually felt confident that City were no going to score against our defense. Interestingly enough, confidence is the one thing that Arsenal have been accused of being short on from the pundits...and that has led to a lack of belief among supporters as well. As I wrote earlier above (yes I wrote that prior to the match), I truly had a belief heading in to the match that Arsenal could win. I think that belief was felt by the players on the pitch as well. There have been MANY games where Arsenal have dominated possession in every offensive category and lost. It was nice to see them learn from past mistakes and show that they can also control a game defensively.
Cazorla simply ran the show. In addition to scoring the penalty, his free kick in the 67th minute was met by Olivier Giroud's head and resulted in Arsenal's second goal. Other stand out performances came from Francis Coquelin and Hector Bellerin. Ospina wasn't challenged too much in goal, but he once again looked solid and made the plays he needed to make. He gets the clean sheet and is making a strong case to remain in the starting 11.
Some idiot on Twitter actually said that Alexis Sanchez had a poor match. Totally untrue. In fact, because of so much attention put on him, it allowed other Arsenal players to shine. When Sanchez stars Arsenal are labelled a one man team. When others take the starring role, Sanchez is accused of being poor. Both statements are ridiculous.
All in all, a great display from Arsenal and a confidence boosting victory that will make pundits and opposition take notice. Winning at the Etihad when no a soul thought Arsenal would walk away with anything is a big statement.
We didn't disappoint @ThierryHenry today, I think he should commentate all the games we play and we will win
— Lucia Luta (@lucy_luta) January 18, 2015
I'm eating humble pie. I thought we'd get royally dicked and the boys shocked me. Fantastic away performance and result. 😀
— No transfer talk (@catyeboah) January 18, 2015
What a win, and what a performance from @19SCazorla! Check out his heatmap from #MCFCvAFC pic.twitter.com/KQz1GkcPy5
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 18, 2015
Massive win. Congratulations to the team & the boss #AFC #Wenger pic.twitter.com/WuuuPTONov
— NORTH BANK DAN (@NorthBankDanAFC) January 18, 2015
Now that we have beaten Man City, they are no longer a big team. #afc
— Red Quadrant (@Red_Quadrant) January 18, 2015
Man Shitty can get 200 corners in this game and they still won't score today..
— Fixie Gunner (@chomandely) January 18, 2015
Arsenal go 17 games against big team without a win. Thierry Henry's first day at Sky Sports and they win! pic.twitter.com/WAtBQI5eTj
— FIFA Transfer (@FIFAfootbaII) January 18, 2015
Who made this? 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/Xbo3EZkO6B
— Unique Football (@Unique_Footy) January 18, 2015
Koscielnys new bitch pic.twitter.com/q72Laahb2o
— Coquelin (@bennkingg_) January 18, 2015
BRING ON MATCH OF THE FUCKING DAY MATE!
— Rodders The Gooner (@JHRWWE) January 18, 2015
Take a fucking bow Santi! #MOTM pic.twitter.com/k6Mil4TWME
— Danskin (@danskin1886) January 18, 2015
18th January, 2015: Arsenal went to the Etihad, beat Man City 2-0 and kept a clean sheet with Coquelin as the DM, Bellerin RB and Monreal LB
— Danny Welbeck (@WelBeast) January 18, 2015
The whole team worked so hard today, but Santi & Coquelin worked their nuts off! #COYG
— Mark Martin (@MarkGooner78) January 18, 2015
It's good to see that Arsenal are capable of playing absolutely outstanding. I want to see this from them every game.
— Vedat (@ArsenalDilek) January 18, 2015
Cazorla humiliating the City midfield; https://t.co/Y5v4IObQH6
— Classorla (@Classorla) January 18, 2015
What a result. Fantastic team effort. Cazorla is just exceptional right now. 3 points off 3rd. #afc pic.twitter.com/wofrxH6oDc
— Sam (@samuelJayC) January 18, 2015
Ospina looked solid and did well when needed #MCFCvAFC
— Gooner Shariyat (@GoonerShariyat) January 18, 2015
Proud of that! Well done @Arsenal! By far the greatest team the world has ever seen!
— KeithTheGooner (@KeithTheGooner) January 18, 2015
@arseblog I love this celebration from Santi! https://t.co/CUgNQbSoEc
— DELS (@iamdels) January 18, 2015
Truly excellent away performance. Now that's what this team can do. What a player Santi has been the last month. Little midfield general!
— Sam Marchiöne (@sammarchione) January 18, 2015
Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal: Cazorla and Giroud strike to dent hosts' title chances at the Etihad
rsenal’s Santi Cazorla pulls strings to dent Manchester City’s title hopes
Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal: Santi Cazorla's penalty and Olivier Giroud's header earn Gunners rare victory at Etihad Stadium
Sunday, January 25, 2014 10:55AM EST Arsenal at Brighton FA Cup Round 4
There have been a number of humbling performances top EPL clubs this weekend in the competition. On Friday, Manchester United were unable to score against League 2 Cambridge United. Falcao, Di Maria, Van Purse Strings, all of the "big names" were shut out over 93 minutes. While Manure may still get through in the replay, it was a pathetic performance for the mighty ManU. Let's not forget the club's mauling by MK Dons in the League Cup earlier in the season.
It gets better. The Arab oil barons of ManCity were defeated at home by Championship club Middlesbrough and the Russian oil barons were humiliated at home by League 1 club Bradford City. After going up 2-0, the egotistical one and his club ended up losing 2-4.
More enjoyment was seeing Tottenham blow a 1-0 lead and give up 2 late goals in a home defeat to Leicester.
Another humbling performance was given by Liverpool at home as they were unable to score against Bolton.
A big door has been left open for Arsenal to repeat as FA Cup Champions. But, of course we're getting ahead of ourselves. The FA Cup shows that upsets are always possible, so Brighton will not be taken lightly.
United draws against Cambridge (Away) : Millionaire Losers Chelsea lose against Bradford Man City against middlesbrough : Cup Magic #FACup
— Aditya Shanbhag (@aadi_shanbhag) January 25, 2015
Let's all laugh at @CambridgeUtdFC They couldn't even beat @ManUtd Usrless
— fatti (@fatti84) January 23, 2015
Every time a Manchester United player has possession I just think of their price tag and laugh. Drawing 0-0 at Cambridge.
— Callum (@callumjp92) January 23, 2015
Now let's just all laugh at Chelsea, Manchester City, and of course Tottenham Hotspur hahahahahahahaha.
— Maserati J (@JermaineGhartey) January 24, 2015
Please, do NOT let Arsenal lose tomorrow morning... I really want to laugh at Chelsea/Man. Utd./Liverpool/Man. City/Tottenham...
— Tyrone Maynard (@TheRandomTyrone) January 24, 2015
Football is epic! Last night Man Utd were the laughing stock of the EPL. Tonight, we laugh at Chelsea, City, Spurs, Saints... And Liverpool!
— Habib Yusuf (@MyNameIsHabib) January 24, 2015
Man City, out. Chelsea, out. Spurs, out. Southampton, out. Man Utd, couldn't beat Cambridge. Arsene Wenger... #FACup pic.twitter.com/JWOmNffB3x
— Asim Tanvir (@AsimTanvir) January 24, 2015
Arsene Wenger rolls FA Cup dice with bold Arsenal team selection for Brighton & Hove Albion tie http://t.co/cjKcFAEwWX
— NewsBop! (@NewsBop) January 25, 2015
Arsenal XI vs Brighton: Szczesny; Chambers,Koscielny,Monreal,Gibbs; Ramsey,Flamini,Rosicky; Walcott,Giroud,Ozil #FACup
— fernando evangelio (@ferevangelio) January 25, 2015
Let's go @Arsenal beat Brighton!!! #COYG #FACup #BHAFCvAFC
— Megan Vyverberg (@MeganAlexis7) January 25, 2015
Arsenal should beat Brighton but after yesterday who knows #BrightonVArsenal
— Zak (@ZakSideryFerris) January 25, 2015
ARSENAL MILLIONAIRES VS THE MINIMUM WAGE WORKERS OF BRIGHTON
— NOSA TOPNOTCH (@nosatopnotch) January 25, 2015
Arsenal have drawn Brighton four times in the FA Cup winning all four matches #AFClive http://t.co/IYc85XaYaB pic.twitter.com/QrcmqCQHNl
— kentArsenal (@VilleKent) January 25, 2015
Arsenal do not do a Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham, Manchester United or Liverpool and actually win their match versus lower league opposition. Although, to be fair, the old Arsenal reappeared in the second half when they allowed Brighton back in to the match with 2 goals that should not have been conceeded.
The good news for Arsenal was the return of Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil after long term injuries.
The first half was total Arsenal domination. Theo Walcott was back after a long injury and gave Arsenal the lead within 89 second. The Gunners controlled possession and the match and they made it 2-0 in the 24th minute when Mesut Ozil got on the score sheet. It could have been more but the first half ended with Arsenal up by two.
Brighton got back in the match in the second half. They scored in the 50th minute and after the results from the other matches, it became a bit nervy for Arsenal fans.
Rosicky eased fears with an exceptional goal in the 59th minute to give Arsenal another two goal lead.
Brighton got one back in the 75th minute as it looked to me as if Szczesny was back to his antics. While it may be a coincidence, in the three previous matches with David Ospina in goal, Arsenal kept a clean sheet. With Szczesny back in goal, Arsenal conceded two soft goals.
In the end it was a solid victory with a scoreline that flattered Brighton, who really gave Arsenal few problems.
Mesut Özil and Theo Walcott return to put a spring in Arsenal's step | By @Paul_Doyle http://t.co/o5iQ6Ar6uT (Getty) pic.twitter.com/dcGozBsm8x
— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) January 25, 2015
Rosicky was outstanding yet again today! Still has great pace, always direct, can pick a pass & what a finish! #COYG
— Mark Martin (@MarkGooner78) January 25, 2015
'Yeah Ozil scored but he didn't really do much.' Guy could cure Ebola and it still wouldn't be enough for some people.
— Zcott (@ZcottAFC) January 25, 2015
Now there's a banner I can get behind pic.twitter.com/Az5av9lm18
— John van der Luit (@JvdLD) January 25, 2015
This post by Mirror means alott to me Thomas Rosicky. pic.twitter.com/jSkJZ2XTdB
— Obsessed Gooner (@Xeieshan_Gunner) January 25, 2015
JOB DONE. pic.twitter.com/aDPpvRSkRP
— Red Angel (@GillisSally) January 25, 2015
In the hat for the next round... thanks to our away support, loud as always #afc #FACup pic.twitter.com/z6Q3ZBsaZ3
— Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) January 25, 2015
Great to be through to the next round. Looking forward to the draw tomorrow. Love the #FACup #SuperTomRosicky pic.twitter.com/olNMNhj6gj
— David Price (@priceyd101) January 25, 2015