Arsenal striker joins Championship side Brighton on loan

Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom, who has missed the better part of the 2016-17 season due to injury, will attempt to regain form and fitness away to Championship club Brighton and Hove Albion over the second half of the season, joining the side on loan.

Brighton Manager Chris Hughton was excited to welcome Akpom to the Championship leaders, telling the club’s website: “As soon as we allowed Elvis Manu to go out on loan we knew we wanted to add to the forward area, so we are delighted to bring in someone of Chuba’s calibre. Continue reading

Youngster returns prematurely to Arsenal from loan spell

German youth international Serge Gnabry has been recalled by Arsenal after a fruitless loan spell at Premier League club West Bromwich Albion during which the 20 year old completely failed to get into the first team plans of Manager Tony Pulis.

Arsenal could use the youngster’s skills as they find themselves a little short of numbers in the final third, but it appears that another loan spell, quite possibly to a Championship club is in the immediate future of the youngster. Continue reading

It was a hard fought win, says Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that the Gunners’ 3-2 win over Brighton & Hove Albion was a hard fought one for them, and one in which the hosts didn’t give up and the visitors had to fight till the end.

The Frenchman was quoted telling BBC Sport: “It was hard work. A typical cup tie where the other team never gives up. We had to fight until the end but overall we were always leading and missed a few chances as well.”

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Gunners manage to edge past the Seagulls

Arsenal managed to scrape through with a win away at Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion in their FA Cup fourth round match at the Falmer Stadium.

The defending champions got the lead early in the game with Theo Walcott drawing first blood, before Mesul Ozil made it 2-0 in the 24th minute. The Seagulls managed to pull a goal back through Chris O’Grady in the 50th minute, but their excitement was short-lived as Tomas Rosicky restored the two-goal lead by scoring Arsenal’s third in the 59th minute from a well-struck volley. Sam Baldock then scored the second goal for the hosts in the 75th minute to ensure a tense finish for the Gunners.

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Brighton vs Arsenal: Team Sheets

Teams:

Brighton & Hove Albion: Stockdale, Bruno, Greer, Dunk, Bennett, Holla, Ince, Calderon, Forster-Caskey, Baldock, O’Grady

Substitutes – Hughes, Colunga, Mackail-Smith, Chicksen, Rea, March, Walton

Arsenal: Szczesny, Chambers, Koscielny, Monreal, Gibbs, Flamini, Walcott, Ramsey, Rosicky, Ozil, Giroud

Substitutes – Mertesacker, Sanchez, Cazorla, Martinez, Coquelin, Akpom, Bellerin