Brighton 2 Arsenal 3: Theo Walcott reflects on FA Cup victory
Theo Walcott reveals his delight at helping to fire Arsenal to victory at Brighton and Hove Albion
Theo Walcott revealed his delight at scoring his first goal of the season to help Arsenal beat Brighton and Hove Albion and reach the FA Cup fifth round.
The England international gave Arsenal the lead within 60 seconds, before Mesut Ozil slotted in to make it 2-0 in the 24th minute.
Tomas Rosicky volleyed home a brilliant third after Chris O’Grady had reduced the deficit, before Sam Baldock’s 75th-minute effort set up an exciting finale.
However, the holders held on to book their place in the fifth round of the tournament.
Walcott was thrilled to get off to a flyer by scoring inside a minute as he continues to pick up valuable match fitness following his lengthy lay-off with a knee injury.
“It [the goal] has been a long time coming,” Walcott told BT Sport.
“I’ve got one in three and I’ve had a lot of chances since coming back. But I’ve been out for a year and it’s still going to take me time. It’s just nice to get my match fitness back.”
Walcott also praised his side’s overall display on the South Coast.
“I think in patches our performance was very good. The goals put us under pressure and you’ve got to give credit to Brighton, they came at us.
“It’s nice to get three goals but we’re disappointed with the goals we conceded so we’ll have a look at that. But in the FA Cup it doesn’t matter how you perform as long as you get through.”
Arsenal’s next game is a home clash with Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium next weekend.