We are known for our fantastic ability on the ball, and beautiful football has become synonymous with Arsenal over the years. Unfortunately, this means when teams know they can’t compete with us on a footballing level, they often resort to adding a bit more physicality to their game and going route one towards our goal.
Despite being known for the quality of their football in the Championship, this is exactly what Brighton are planning to do on Sunday according to club captain Gordon Greer, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The Seagulls skipper admitted that his side may have to change their game somewhat, and sacrifice their usual style in order to prevent us playing our game.
“You can’t just play football all the time. You need the dark stuff and we’ve got that and I’m sure Arsenal have as well.”
Greer is certainly capable of getting stuck in when he needs to, and was described as “brutal” by Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski after Poland’s game with Scotland last October.
Despite admitting that things would be tough however, the Scottish international doesn’t want to face a weakened Arsenal side.
“If you asked anyone in our dressing room, they would rather see the strongest team out there. It’s great to see how you can compete against them. It’s not something you get the opportunity to do that often,” he continued.
“I watched Arsenal last week against Manchester City and they were unbelievable. But you don’t play football to play against people who are easy – you want to play against the very best players.”
It would be fantastic to kick on from our win over the Premier League champions with a dominant win in the FA Cup, and hopefully come Sunday evening Greer will be regretting his request to face a full strength Arsenal.