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Brighton boss Gus Poyet felt Saturday's narrow FA Cup defeat by Arsenal illustrated how far his team have come this season.

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Gus Poyet: Taking the positives from Arsenal defeat

Gus Poyet: Taking the positives from Arsenal defeat

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The Seagulls were drubbed 6-1 at Liverpool in the fifth round last term but gave Arsenal a fright as goals from Ashley Barnes and new signing Leonardo Ulloa cancelled out Olivier Giroud's double.

But Theo Walcott grabbed a late, deflected winner for the Gunners, leaving Poyet wondering just how to deal with the England forward.

"In some parts I am pleased because we competed better than last year at Liverpool. Much better," said Poyet.

"On the other hand we had a great chance to make some news, but it wasn't to be.

"I saw one sprint from Theo Walcott and it was scary. How to stop him? Maybe shoot him?

"You play 70-75 minutes and even with Wayne Bridge, you have to compete with someone sprinting like that in the last 20 minutes, and Jack Wilshere going past people in the middle. But the biggest problem was Giroud.

"Possibly we should have been ahead at half-time but that's football. I knew we would concede one or two, I didn't expect three. We conceded a late deflected goal. It wasn't to be."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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