Arsene Wenger wary of Liverpool's Joao Teixeira in Brighton FA Cup tie

The Arsenal boss knows his team must be careful of the 22-year-old Portuguese talent.

Arsenal face Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup fourth round this weekend. For Arsene Wenger, the man they need to be keeping tabs on is in fact a Liverpool loanee.

Brighton defeated high-flying Ipswich Town in the week 3-2 at the Amex Stadium. A stunning brace from 22-year-old Joao Teixeira proving the difference.

When quizzed on the importance of keeping an eye on the 22-year-old, Wenger had this today in his pre-game prss conference, as quoted by

“We have to keep their strikers quiet. In the cup, you have to be ready from the start on and people like that [Teixeira] can always surprise you if you’re not ready."

Teixeira is a Portugal under-21 international who has played for Liverpool since leaving Sporting Lisbon in 2012. He has played in the Premier League for Liverpool, featuring for eight minutes against Fulham in February 2014. Last season he spent time on loan at Brentford but with first-team opportunities limited at Liverpool he went out on loan to Brighton at the start of the season.

He has played a pivotal part in their season so far, featuring in 18 Championship games, but his goals in the game against Ipswich were his first since August - when it looked like he was going to explode onto the scene.

But Arsenal are right to be wary. Teixeira is a form player. When he is in the mood he could be unplayable, even for Arsenal's top defenders.

With the extra incentive of playing against Premier League opposition, with the potential to impress his usual coach Brendan Rodgers, Arsenal must be careful that a Liverpool owned youngster does not send them packing early doors.

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