Birmingham City’s six-month unbeaten home record goes on the line when Arsenal visit St Andrew’s on Saturday.

And the arrival of the title-chasing Gunners will fire memories of the last meeting between the sides in Birmingham.

Back in February 2008, Blues snatched a 2-2 draw thanks to James McFadden’s penalty in the fifth minute of stoppage-time.

But the encounter will always be remembered for Martin Taylor’s tackle that shattered Eduardo’s leg and the uproar that followed.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger rounded on Taylor and demanded that he be banned from football.

And, after the dramatic penalty was awarded, there was the incredible sight of William Gallas sitting down and sulking on the halfway line.

Arsenal never recovered from those astonishing events at St Andrew’s and Manchester United capitalised by going on to overhaul them and win the championship.

Taylor has since moved to Watford on a free transfer so thankfully there is no prospect of him coming face to face again with Eduardo on Blues home turf and the hullabaloo that would have generated.

But there remains some rancour between the sides and Blues fans, whilst not wishing to minimalise the dreadful injury Eduardo suffered, did not like the way Taylor was vilified, with the fire stoked by Wenger so emphatically, and the various false claims about his conduct.

They stood up for their own in the immediate aftermath and beyond, and in these parts Taylor is rightly respected as a unassuming, intelligent and decent man - certainly not a thug footballer.

Should the incident nevertheless cast a big shadow over the match, it would be a shame.

Arsenal are on a roll and contending for the title once more, and have the mouth-watering prospect of a Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona on the horizon.

Blues are a different team to the one Arsenal last faced at St Andrew’s, and not just in player personnel.

Only Liam Ridgewell is guaranteed a start from the survivors of the side which, reduced to 10-men after three minutes due to Taylor’s red card, took the lead, went behind and salvaged a point.

Sebastian Larsson and McFadden have found themselves on bench duty in recent weeks as Alex McLeish has shaken up his line-up somewhat.

And the type of expressive, careful football Blues play, trying to pick their way through opponents by clever passing, makes them an Arsenal Lite. Even Wenger might approve.