Mikel Arteta expects tough Brighton trip

Arteta expects tough Brighton trip
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Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta insists there is no chance that his side will take Brighton & Hove Albion lightly in this afternoon's FA Cup tie.

Arsenal vice-captain Mikel Arteta has rejected claims that the Gunners will underestimate Brighton & Hove Albion when the two sides meet in the FA Cup fourth round this afternoon.

Arsene Wenger's side have been the victims of a cup shock at the hands of Bradford City already this season and need a result against Brighton to keep alive their most realistic chance of winning silverware.

Brighton knocked out Newcastle United in the last round, and Arteta insists that Arsenal are aware of the threat posed by Gus Poyet's team.

He told the club's official website: "It will be tough there. They played really well against Newcastle in the third round and were the better team.

"They like to play some good football as well, so it will be a very interesting game.

"There is something about the FA Cup, it has great tradition in England and the fact you play the final at Wembley makes it special."

Arteta is unavailable for today's tie as he edges closer to a first-team return from a calf strain.

Arsene Wenger on the touchline during Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Swansea on January 6, 2013
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