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Arsenal draw Brighton & Hove Albion away in FA Cup fourth round

The Gunners return to the beach two years after escaping with a narrow 3-2 FA Cup fourth round win

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Arsenal drew a familiar FA Cup opponent, one that's managed by a familiar face, in today's FA Cup fourth round draw, getting the honor of traveling to Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion for the second time in three seasons in a FA Cup

In the 2013 affair, also in the fourth round of the competition, Arsenal lost one goal leads twice before a Theo Walcott winner in the 85th minute saw the Gunners through with a 3-2 victory. This season, they travel to Brighton to face off versus a club who employs a manager they've seen in previous league encounters.

Towards the end of the 2013-14 season, firmly in the relegation zone, Norwich City and manager Chris Hughton parted ways. He was out of work until Brighton fired Sami Hyypia on December 22nd, after a string of poor defeats left the Seagulls one point above the Championship relegation zone. Hughton accepted the job on a permanent basis just last week, on December 31st, signing a three-and-a-half year contract.

Brighton feature a few former EPL players, such as Aaron Hughes, Kemy Agustien, and Joe Bennett, but for the most part their squad is such that Arsene Wenger should feel very comfortable rotating in fringe first-team players while believing he can still walk away with a victory.

But as we all know, the magic of the FA Cup brings about unpredictability, and there's nothing sides like Brighton cherish more than being one of the giant killers in the oldest cup competition in the world.