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Photo: Theo Walcott greets an Arsenal legend ahead of FA Cup tie

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Legendary striker Ian Wright was in attendance for Arsenal’s 3-2 victory over Brighton.

Arsenal star Theo Walcott was snapped greeting club legend Ian Wright at pitch side ahead of the his team’s 3-2 victory over Brighton in the FA Cup.

Ian Wright is widely regarded as one of the greatest strikers to play for the Gunners, scoring 185 goals in all competitions over a seven-year period.

Nowadays, he still remains an avid fan of the North Londoners and is often spotted at the Emirates stadium and on Sunday he took the drip down to Brighton for the FA Cup clash.

During a light training session pre kick-off, he was spotted greeting forward Theo Walcott and whatever he told him clearly had the desired the effect.

The former Southampton youth product opened the scoring after just two minutes, converting Calum Chambers’ right wing cross with aplomb.

Aside from his goal, Walcott was lively as he took two shots, completed two successful dribbles and maintained an 81.5% pass completion rate, according to Whoscored.com.

Still not 100% fit from his previous injury troubles, the 25-year-old was replaced by teenage teammate Chuba Akpom with 20 minutes remaining with the visitors leading 3-1.

In spite of a late goal for the hosts potentially setting up a nervous finale, Arsene Wenger’s men held on to victory and put their name in the hat for the fifth round of the FA Cup.

With Walcott missing out on last year’s final victory as a result of his long-term injury, he will be itching for his side to repeat their antics and provide the forward with the chance to return to Wembley.

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