Result: Theo Walcott winner sends Arsenal through against Brighton & Hove Albion

Substitute Theo Walcott nets a late winner against Brighton to secure Arsenal passage into the FA Cup fifth round.

Theo Walcott came off the Arsenal bench to net an 85th-minute goal that saw the 10-time winners triumph 3-2 in their FA Cup fourth-round tie with Brighton & Hove Albion.

Arsenal player Oliver Giroud celebrates scoring his second goal in his sides match with Brighton and Hove Albion on January 26, 2013© PA Photos

Olivier Giroud netted in either half to twice put the Gunners ahead, but Gus Poyet's Championship outfit equalised on both occasions and were within minutes of earning a replay.

However, Walcott, who, along with Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla, started on the Arsenal bench, snatched the much-changed hosts' victory with his late strike.

Giroud opened the scoring on 16 minutes, confidently dispatching a Lukas Podolski layoff into the top corner moments after Ashley Barnes had tested Wojciech Szczesny with the first effort of the match.

Barnes was not to be denied later in the half as he met a David Lopez corner with a close-range header, which left the stranded Szczesny with no chance.

Giroud recorded his fourth double of the season when he collected a precise chipped through-ball from Abou Diaby and swept home after the interval.

Six minutes later, though, debutante striker Leonardo Ulloa, who had been denied a first-half goal by the offside flag, opened his Seagulls account by bravely stooping to head Inigo Calderon's cross into the net.

The Premier League visitors pushed for a third goal and came close when Podolski rattled the crossbar with a powerful free kick.

The woodwork was not on hand to save Brighton when Walcott slotted the ball into the bottom corner with five minutes of time remaining.

Brighton & Hove Albion's Ashley Barnes scores his side's first goal against Arsenal on January 26, 2013
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