It’s been eight years since Arsenal last won a piece of silverware, dating back to their 2005 FA Cup final win against Manchester United, which was one of 11 trophies Arsene Wenger has brought the club in his time at the helm.
With a difficult tie against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on the horizon and 19 points adrift of United at the top of the Premier League, the FA Cup provides the most realistic opportunity for the Gunners to add to their trophy cabinet this season.
Having lost to Bradford in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup at the end of last year, Arsenal will be desperate to ensure they don’t bow out of another cup competition away at lower league opposition this weekend.
On Saturday they make a fourth-round trip to Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion, who have overcome Premier League opposition already this season as they dispatched a struggling Newcastle side at home 2-0 in the previous round of the competition.
The Gunners are odds-on favourites to overcome the Seagulls at 67/100, with Gus Poyet’s men 4/1 to cause an upset, while the draw is 13/5.
And ahead of the game, we’ve picked out five key statistics which could have an influence on where your money will be going on the Amex Stadium encounter.
1: Arsenal have lost just one cup game in normal time against lower-league opposition under Wenger, that coming in 2008 when they fell to a 2-0 defeat at Burnley in the League Cup (Two in total including the defeat to Bradford on penalties this season).
7: Of the nine games in all competitions the Gunners have entered the break leading, they have gone on to win seven. They are 6/4 to be ahead at half-time and full-time on the south coast.
8: The number of league matches in which the Seagulls have failed to score this season. Arsenal can be backed at 2/1 to win to nil.
12: The number of Arsenal matches this season that have involved four or more goals. Odds of 17/10 are available for this game to see over 3.5 goals.
17: The number of times Wenger’s men have won the second 45 minutes of their fixtures this season. As we pointed out earlier this week, there has been a major discrepancy between Arsenal’s first-half and second-half performances throughout the campaign. They are priced at evens to win the second half this weekend.
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