Poyet knows the difficulty of conjuring a Paris repeat
Since helping Real Zaragoza win the 1995 Cup-Winners' Cup final in Paris, when Nayim famously scored from the halfway line, Gustavo Poyet has not enjoyed many victories against Arsenal, playing with Chelsea or Tottenham. And he knows it will be hard to improve that record when his Brighton team host Arsène Wenger's men at the Amex Stadium tomorrow.
"The only very good game I have played against Arsenal is the one in Paris, with the Nayim goal," he said. "They should put something behind that goal in the Parc des Princes so they can remember it, as it won't be repeated. But in England I always had problems with Arsenal.
"When they were winning the league with Patrick Vieira and company. That was a difficult team to play against… they were winners."
But the 2013 vintage offers Poyet a glint of hope. "Everyone wants to play Champions League football. The problem is, where is the balance? When we have the ball, what are they going to do? Are they going to run about to get it back or sit and let you have it? So there is a game to play. But when we are without the ball you know what they are going to do, so we need to defend very well."
Brighton's passing game and plush new stadium, however, will not present Arsenal with the tough conditions that enabled Bradford City to beat them in the Capital One Cup.
"If we want to be Bradford for one day it's going to be difficult," said Poyet. "We need to be ourselves."
Given their similar footballing beliefs, it is not surprising Poyet hopes to pick Wenger's brains afterwards.
"We are not friends, I don't have his number, but we've had quite a good relationship so I'll to see if I can use a bit more of his time this time and learn a little bit more." And he would like to emulate Wenger's longevity as well as his values. "If it's a possibility, I'll be delighted, because that means we're doing well."
Latest in Sport
Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger 'optimistic' of making signing, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Edinson Cavani linked
Manchester United have two days to seal the transfer of the summer, Arsenal need to panic, Jose Mourinho right to blast Chelsea reluctance
Celtic supporters mock Fenerbahce fans' threatening 'knife' pictures with their own versions - featuring spoons and bananas
Swansea 2 Manchester United 1 player ratings: Was Andre Ayew the Swans' star man or did Bafetimbi Gomis steal the show?
Anthony Martial to Manchester United: United 'open talks' with £36m Monaco striker as Javier Hernandez joins Bayer Leverkusen
- 1 VMAs 2015: Was Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus' awkward acceptance put-down real or staged?
- 2 If you're not already angry about the migrant crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
- 3 Rules on 5p plastic bags likely to lead to arguments at the check-out
- 4 Chaos breaks out in courtroom as father attacks killer of three-year-old daughter
- 5 Blood Moon and Supermoon: September to bring brightest – and dimmest – full Moon of the year on same night
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
UN investigating British Government over human rights abuses caused by IDS welfare reforms