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Arsenal will travel to face Brighton for their fourth round FA Cup tie and will have to overcome two key injuries.
Arsenal skipper Arsene Wenger has recently backed young talent Jack Wilshere to become Arsenal's next captain after Thomas Vermaelen left the pitch against West Ham on Wednesday.
Vice-captain Mikel Artea has been sidelined for two weeks and is not expected to play in the near future.
If Wenger decides to give captain's duties to Wilshere that would make him the youngest player to be named captain in the club's history. The England midfielder is worthy of a go at being captain and would make headlines as the club's youngest captain at 21 years and 26 days which is 56 days younger than former Arsenal great Tony Adams who currently holds that distinction.
"I think Jack will be captain of this club - yes, of course," Wenger told reporters during a press conference.
"First of all, because of the quality of the player. Second, his commitment and desire to win. And his understanding of the game. He understands football very well and senses on the pitch what you have to do," he added.
Brighton have been a treat to watch this season as the club has rebounded from financial woes a year ago and currently sit in seventh place in the Championship table. Should the club finish strong they have a good chance of earning a place in the promotion playoffs.
They do have some experience against recent Premier League clubs in their last two matches as they drew both Blackburn and Birmingham.
Kick-off for the match is at 10:00 a.m. ET and can be watched online here.