• Down memory lane: When Arsenal last came to town [with video]

    On January 26th 2013 Arsene Wenger brought his Premier League stars to face Gus Poyet's play-off chasing team. It was a thrilling tie: Olivier Giroud twice gave Arsenal the lead, with the Albion levelling through Ashley Barnes and Leonardo Ulloa, the latter playing in his debut.

    The Brighton team that day included the now departed Adam El-Abd, Wayne Bridge, Dean Hammond, Liam Bridcutt, Will Buckley, Ashley Barnes and Leonardo Ulloa (as well as Andrea Orlandi and Vicente on the bench) and they looked to have done enough to earn what would have been a memorable replay at The Emirates.

    It wasn't meant to be. A late Arsenal corner was met by Casper Ankergren, who was deputising for the rested Kuszczak, but his punch only made it as far as the edge of his box where substitute Theo Walcott was waiting. The Arsenal man volleyed unconvincingly goalward, the ball striking the unfortunate Adam El-Abd and looping over Craig Mackail-Smith on the goal line to give Arsenal a winning 3-2 margin.

    Arsenal sit in the same 6th place today as they did two years ago. Like then Arsene Wenger is currently under pressure as his team are inconsistent and display fragility on occasion. The Albion may be lacking some of the stars they were blessed with for the last meeting, but Chris Hughton will be hoping for a high intensity performance from his team, that is sure to be played out in front of the first 30,000 Amex crowd of the season.

    Re-live the game with the highlights below:



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