Arsene Wenger has promised that FA Cup holders Arsenal will not underestimate their Fourth Round opponents Brighton & Hove Albion today.
The Gunners travel to the Amex Stadium as they continue their defence of the FA Cup, which began with a 2-0 win against Hull City on home turf in the Third Round.
But despite coming up against Championship opposition in this round, the Arsenal boss is adamant that his side will be in for a difficult afternoon’s work and will have to show all their fighting qualities if they are to reach the next stage of the competition.
“We have to keep their strikers quiet,” said Wenger.
“In The Cup, you have to be ready from the start and people like that can always surprise you if you’re not ready.
“It’s always difficult in the Championship away from home. I remember it was a very difficult game two years ago against a team who were on the way up with Gus Poyet.
“We needed to dig deep to get out with a positive result.”
While Poyet may have been in charge when Arsenal overcame Brighton 3-2 in the Fourth Round back in 2013, this time it will be Chris Hughton who will be in the dugout for the Seagulls.
The former Newcastle and Norwich manager will be desperate to cause an upset over Arsenal, having spent 13 years as a player with Tottenham Hotspur before eventually joining the Gunners’ fierce north London rivals as a coach.
And since taking charge at Brighton, Hughton has picked up three wins from his first four matches and Wenger is aware of the 56-year-old’s managerial prowess.
“Chris Hughton will give them his experience and his competence, of course,” said Wenger.