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Team News: Brighton vs Arsenal

The FA Cup always offers the chance at a fun day out, and judging by the Tweets I`ve been reading today, Gooners are not letting this much desirable trip to Brighton go by without having a few beers and a whole lot of fun.

Of course it`s not just about the booze, there`s a football match to be played too, and following that stonking 5-1 win against West Ham in mid-week, we`ve now got a great opportunity to progress to the next round of the FA Cup.

Brighton, in my opinion, are a good team for us to draw, Gustavo Poyet has the side playing some proper football, and outside the big three, it`s not the footballing sides we have a problem with, it`s the park the bus teams.

Those sides who sit back cause us problems as we struggle to break them down, so hopefully the team Arsene selected today will have learned from the lesson we were given in the City of Bradford and come flying out of the traps to send us into the hat for the draw for the next round.

Here`s how the boys line up,

Arsenal team: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker (c), Koscielny, Santos, Diaby, Ramsey, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski, Giroud.

Arsenal subs: Mannone, Sagna, Gibbs, Wilshere, Cazorla, Arshavin, Walcott.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 26 2013

Time: 2:43PM

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6 changes is quite a lot but with an eye on the midweek clash with Liverpool, not such a bad move by the manager. Besides, the Calvary is available on the bench should we need to call upon them. Hopefully, we don't have to. Come on you gunners!
These boys have got more than enough to beat Brighton, but they have to take it seriously. I'm delighted to see Rosicky back on the field.
After the lesson at Bradford city, they will take it seriously. We have to just boss things from the start. I hope Santos isn't targeted by Brighton; he looked fitter in the last game he played, but anyone would look good coming on with your team a few goals up. He has to perform today.
Goal. Giroud! I thought we were giving the home side too much room to play; almost taking our 2nd half team tag too far. We have to keep the control and gain confidence by looking for and getting another. .
That was a phenominal finish. Love it.
Thought szczesny should have done better for their goal, coming at a period we appeared to be, relatively, comfortable. He made the call and the defenders left the cross to him; what the defenders forgot to do was to shield the marauding Brighton players. Basic defending. Or do we blame it on zonal marking?
That was just poor defending all round. I don't think zonal marking says they're not allowed to move. They just stood in their "zones" and let the Brighton players run straight past them.
Hmmmm. In another place, Gervinho strikes again for Ivory Coast, against Tunisia. Good goal too; the kind he would miss, playing for us.
2-1! Giroud gets his 4th goal in a week. The trouble is we aren't playing with enough authority and can still concede. I would prefer that if we have to make changes, it would be merely obligatory to allow a run out.
Spoke too soon.
Spoke too soon.
Jack wrestled to the ground in the area and nothing given. Its this sort of inconsistency that's so frustrating.
Wyn Mills
We just must win this game. There is no excuse for a replay or (God forbid) a defeat!
We'll take that! Thank you.
Giroud brilliant. Chesney looking weaker with each match. Jack and Theo altered the dynamics when they came on. Ramsey...still have concerns about this guy. Far too slow in speed and decision making for my liking.
Wyn Mills
Harder than it should have been but we got there in the end. Giroud and Walcott finding the net again is a positive. Seems to be a bit of a competition building for top scorer between them (and Poldo maybe not out of it ). Haven't seen that in Arsenal colours for a while have we? All in double figures (Theo just 3 off the 20 mark).
Well, that was interesting. Once we had Gibbs, Theo and Wilshere on we looked very good, but all that does is remind us that our squad is very weak. But still, we're through to the next round, and as Amos points out, it's great to have three really good finishers in the team.
Ramsey is too slow for a modern premier league midfield player.
"I don't think zonal marking says they're not allowed to move. They just stood in their "zones" and let the Brighton players run straight past them." I sincerely hope this isn't what's being coached into the defence and midfield. Sometimes it looks like it.
Wyn Mills
Ramsey's shown a reluctance to be first to the ball, and to be prepared to guard the ball since Shawcross broke his ankle. I can understand why, but it's frustrating when the ball's there for him and I expect him to win it, but he waits for someone else to come in and take the ball. The Arsenal team have to get him working to get over this, because if not his future prospects are bleak.
Arsenales F.C
Giroud seems to be getting stronger as the season goes on which is a great sign. I'm quietly excited about him and he has an exquisite left foot. The type of big centre forward that bendtner thinks he is. His hold up play is the best I have seen of any centre forward for a long time, great with his back to goal and feeding other players around him the ball. His size, movement and technical ability remind me of ibrahimovic. Another chamakh!? know who you are.
Yes this whole zonal marking thing reminds me of Benitez at Liverpool. He was determined to implement it even though it quite blatantly was not working. I think there is a place for it, but I don't think it plays to every players strength. The likes of mert, verm, kos and co are quite obviously confused with the concept. Just pick up a man and stick to him like **** to a stick.
You can't blame the system just the implementation. There's no system convincingly better than the other. If it's zonal you blame the system if man-to-man you blame the man either way if you don't execute it well enough a goal is conceded.
I think zonal marking works best against the 4-3-3. Man-marking might be the best thing to use against a 4-4-2, but all the better teams play a 4-3-3, so you practice zonal marking, and that's what you play with. Maybe you switch it up when playing a 4-4-2, maybe you think against Brighton we can win without having to change it.
Arsenales F.C
No disrespect to Brighton though, they've got some nice players, their squad is as international as ours nowadays. They've only got six English players and one of them is a 10m player on loan from Man City. The quality of the Championship is comparable in standard to a lot of mid-level European leagues.
Arsenales F.C
Last season, it was man to man marking, and we were still poor on set pieces. Criticising the concept of zonal marking is off the mark if the players don't stick it properly. To me, the defending in general has been better this season compared to last - there are still too many individual errors, but we're holding our shape a lot better.
I think Brighton were unlucky, and were full value for a draw. Overall performance by Arsenal was average and not enough for a win, it was only a slice of luck that saved us from a replay. Some of that was due to a new look mid field. I thought Ramsey was good again, overall. Diaby didn't come into the game much, we had too many rusty players - Santos looked shaky. Just relieved with the win - need to build some momentum somehow.
Does anyone know the stats for how many goals we have conceded from set pieces? My understanding is it's not as bad as the pundits would have you believe.
No 10
...and in other pleasant news, tiny tots booted out of the FA cup by "mighty" Leeds United! Mwahahahahahahaha!
No 10.... I saw somewhere (can't think where now) a bunch of stats to how many goals we have conceded through individual errors and it was shocking....slip, trips, fluffing clearances, losing possesion that sort of thing. Basically the basics. If somebody beats you with a piece of individual brilliance then fair enough. But there is no excuse for some of the goals we have given away. I do think teams get around our full backs to often. Our best game is pressing the opposition high up the pitch. When we play a high tempo pressing game we rarely if at all lose. We make the opposition lose possession by doing so and smash them on the break. When we turn the throttle off and sit back we are there for the taking. Similar to barca our best defensive tool is pressure high up the pitch. Teams like stoke can sit deep and defend all day long.....we can't plane and simple. To many times when the opposition get into their attacking third against us, find gaping holes (and I'm not talking about your misses) is like watching a knife slice through butter. I have noticed over the last couple of years teams are starting to come into our back yard and have a go at us. They know our weakness is when we're in our defensive third and that we are very vulnerable when we have to try and defend (basically were ***** at it) the days of coming to arsenal and parking the bus have long gone, we have been well Sussed out. They know if they sit back they will never get the ball back so now they push us back and chase us down so we HAVE to defend. Just my observation.
That was my memory too.
No 10

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