From the vault

Do you remember these four fine wins at Brighton?

Theo Walcott scores against Brighton in 2012

Trips down to the south coast are always enjoyable for our Gooners, even more so if we come back with a positive result, and there have been a few of those down the years.

We've dug into the archive to find some classic contests with the Seagulls at the Amex Stadium, who have provided tough opposition down the years and played their part in some thrilling contests.

To get you hyped for the next instalment, here are four famous wins in Sussex to remember:

Brighton 2-3 Arsenal
January 26, 2013

The two sides met in the fourth round of the FA Cup and produced an excellent game that burst into life when Olivier Giroud cracked one into the top corner after 15 minutes, but Ashley Barnes headed the Championship outfit level before half-time.

Giroud re-established our lead when he latched onto a dine Abou Diaby pass, but minutes later debutant Leonardo Ulloa grabbed another equaliser for Gus Poyet’s team who refused to quit. But with five minutes left a corner found its way to Theo Walcott on the edge of the box whose deflected shot saw us squeeze into round five.

Brighton 2-3 Arsenal
January 25, 2015

Two years later, history repeated itself as we were handed another trip to the Amex Stadium in our quest to retain the cup, and again we got off to a great start when in the second minute Walcott whipped the ball into the bottom corner after good work from Calum Chambers, and Mesut Ozil doubled our lead on 24 minutes after an excellent Tomas Rosicky pass.

Brighton came back after the break and Chris O'Grady pulled one back, however Rosicky lashed home a volley from just outside the area to make it 3-1. Sam Baldock made it an exciting finale with 15 minutes when he reduced the arrears, but we hung on to once again progress at the Seagulls’ expense.

Brighton 0-1 Arsenal
December 29, 2020

Alexandre Lacazette grabbed the game’s only goal within a minute after being introduced by Mikel Arteta, just over a year from the Spaniard’s appointment. Alireza Jahanbakhsh’s shot that forced a smart save from Bernd Leno was the only action of note in the opening 45, but after the break we were much improved.

Robert Sanchez made a reaction stop to deny Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before Gabriel Martinelli lashed a shot just over the bar, but on 66 minutes Bukayo Saka beat Dan Burn for pace and cut back to substitute Lacazette to fire into the net and score for the third game in succession to seal the points.

Brighton 2-4 Arsenal
December 31, 2022

This was a New Year’s Eve to remember for all Gooners who saw in 2023 with their team seven points clear at the top of the league thanks to this display at the Amex Stadium. It was well and truly party time when Saka put us in front after 66 seconds, and then Martin Odegaard made it 2-0 before Eddie Nketiah tucked in a third four minutes after the break.

Once again Brighton’s resilience came to the fore and Kaoru Mitoma pulled one back, but Martinelli sped down the other end and restored our three-goal cushion. Evan Ferguson’s first league goal was a mere consolation as we saw out the game to ensure the champagne corks could pop a few hours early.

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