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theo-walcottTheo Walcott admits Arsenal now have a massive chance to retain the FA Cup after Saturday’s giant-killing carnage.

The Gunners saw off Brighton in a thriller at the Amex to become the only team in the top six to win their tie over the weekend.

Walcott, who opened the scoring after 90 seconds, said: “As defending champions it is our cup at the moment. All those teams going out means it is a massive opportunity.

“We believe with the team we have and the players coming back to fitness we can beat anyone.”

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Wenger On Cup Win And Momentum

arsene-wenger-post-matchArsène Wenger faced the media after the win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday. You can read a full transcript of what he had to say below:

on the win…
I believe our performance was good and there was room to score more goals with the chances we created. Overall what you want first is the quality of the performance and to go through. They had two shots on target. When you play away from home and the other team had two shots on target – overall I think we produced the performance I expected.

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arsene-wenger-afcArsene Wenger says Gabriel Paulista’s move to Arsenal is “very very very close”. The Villarreal defender is set to arrive at the Emirates for a fee in the region of £15m.

After Arsenal’s FA Cup win over Brighton, Wenger said:

“It’s very very very close. It should be done I think tomorrow.

“[He is] a player who’s 24 years old, good size, good pace and a good defender.

“He plays for only one year in Europe so maybe there are some things to work on but the potential is there.”

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Gunners Through To FA Cup Fifth Round

theo-walcottAfter a Saturday which saw Chelsea, Manchester City, Spurs and Southampton exit, the Gunners are through to the fifth round after a nervy 3-2 at Brighton on Sunday.

The 11-time winners were among the favourites even before perhaps the most jaw-dropping set of upsets the competition has ever seen in a single day.

After cruising into a 2-0 lead, however, they too came under pressure as Brighton – 19th in the Championship – tried to add their name to Saturday’s spectacular roll of honour.

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Alexis-AFCArsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs believes the energy and passion of summer signing Alexis Sanchez is rubbing off on the other players in the squad.

The Gunners snapped up the Chilean from Barcelona for £35m after an impressive 2014 World Cup campaign with his national team.

The 26-year-old has been lighting up the Premier League in his debut season with 12 strikes in 21 appearances, while he also has three goals in five Champions League matches.

Gibbs, who briefly featured in Arsenal’s 2-0 away win against Manchester City, hopes Sanchez continues to shine with his teammates as well as the fans.

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kieran-gibbsArsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs argues the Gunners made their case for possessing a mental edge with the away victory against Premier League champions Manchester City.

Arsene Wenger’s team only recorded 35% possession, but scored through Santi Cazorla’s penalty and a second-half header from Olivier Giroud in a 2-0 win.

Arsenal’s away record against Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea from August 2009 to 2014 was two wins and 13 defeats from 16 matches.

However, after securing their first win at the Etihad since October 2010, Gibbs said the result is a reminder of Arsenal’s threat towards Premier League rivals.

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Piles of British PoundsDeloitte have released their 2014 Football Money League standings and they do not make good reading for Arsenal fans.

In the current report, Arsenal are the 8th richest club with revenues of £300.5m. The Gunners trail Real Madrid, -Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Chelsea.

The list is dominated with Premier League clubs as they make up five of the top 10 and eight of the top 20, more than any other country.

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According to data from Sports Direct, more Arsenal shirts have been sold in London since the start of the season than either Chelsea or Spurs. Arsenal lead the way with 47.35% of tops sold, followed by Chelsea with 35.2% and Spurs with 17.45%.

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Interestingly, Arsenal shirts are big sellers in Sheffield, Dublin and Edinburgh.

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Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Gabriel Paulista

Emirates_NightArsenal have reportedly begun talks with Spanish side Villarreal over a potential transfer for Brazilian defender, Gabriel Paulista. The manager of the El Madrigal side, Marcelino Larguero has confirmed that the Spanish side is prepared to listen to offers from Arsenal and that a deal is indeed possible.

The news of Arsenal’s interest in the 24 year old has grown in recent days, and following claims by the player that it an opportunity he would like to explore, it has gone up in recent days.

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Coquelin-afcSix weeks ago Francis Coquelin was on loan at Charlton and his Arsenal career looked over. He is out of contract at the end of the season and there was no reason for the Gunners to offer him a new deal.

But Coquelin has taken advantage of injuries to Flamini and Arteta to put together a string of impressive performances and those performances will make Coquelin a rich man.

The Mirror are reporting that Arsenal have already made moves to try to ensure that Coquelin does not slip away with his contract running down and they are hopeful of sealing a new three-year deal soon.

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