Brighton 2-3 Arsenal - Gunners avoid giantkilling with narrow victory

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Arsenal are through to the fifth round of the FA Cup after beating Brighton and Hove Albion 3-2 this afternoon.

Arsenal did what Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Southampton and Tottenham couldn't this weekend - they booked their passage into the fifth round of the FA Cup.

After watching all of their rivals falter this weekend against 'inferior' opposition, the Gunners were keen to avoid another shock when they traveled to the Amex Stadium to face Brighton and Hove Albion.

Their afternoon got off to the perfect start though, with winger Theo Walcott opening the scoring inside the first 60 seconds, with his first goal since returning from injury.

Mesut Ozil then followed suit, putting the Gunners 2-0 up inside 24 minutes with a goal on his first start since October after a lengthy injury layoff.

Arsene Wenger's men didn't get it all their own way in the second half though, as Chris O'Grady drove Brighton back into the game with a smart finish from the edge of the box on 50 minutes.

Arsenal restored their two goal lead just nine minutes later, with Tomas Rosicky hammering home a volley from the edge of the box.

With 15 minutes to play, striker Sam Baldock dinked the ball over Wojciech Szczesny to give Chris Hughton's side hope, but Arsenal closed the game out to continue their quest to retain the FA Cup trophy.

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