Brighton & Hove Albion’s David Stockdale comments on Arsenal and Alexis Sanchez

Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal will face each other in the fourth round of the FA Cup today.

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper David Stockdale has revealed his admiration of Alexis Sanchez to The Sun.

Stockdale is set to be between the sticks for Brighton today for the FA Cup fourth-round tie against Arsenal at the Amex Stadium.

Premier League giants Arsenal will head into the game as huge favourites, especially as they have a certain Sanchez on fire.

The Chile international forward, who joined the Gunners from Barcelona in the summer transfer window, has scored 12 goals and created 56 chances in 21 Premier League appearances so far this season, while having a pass accuracy of 77% and a shot accuracy of 67%.

It will not be easy for Championship outfit Brighton to keep Sanchez at bay, and former Fulham goalkeeper Stockdale understands that.

However, the 29-year-old insists that the Seagulls can stage an upset against Arsene Wenger’s side and progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

“I’ve tried watching him (Sanchez) on the telly but my eyes cannot even keep up with him,” Stockdale told The Sun. “Let’s just hope he doesn’t get in a position to get a shot off in the first place.

“I watched the game last weekend at Manchester City, particularly Santi Cazorla’s penalty in case I have to face one. But, to be honest, there is a danger of over-analysing things…

“We’ll do our usual bits and pieces on tactics and stuff like that. But really it’s about our game and playing the way we want to at home. Our defending has really picked up and we need to focus on our strengths.”

Wenger is likely to rest some of his key players against Brighton, but he will still have a number of top-class players in the starting line-up today.

Brighton are struggling in the Championship at the moment and will be huge underdogs, but Arsenal should not get complacent.

Chris Hughton’s side will certainly step up their game, and the Gunners will be given a hard time today.

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