Neil Warnock, his boss at Sheffield United for five years until 2004, remembers giving Brown the job of stopping Arsenal before, and he says it is a mission the ex-Tottenham battler, 31, will relish.
"When we played Arsenal, I asked him to close down Patrick Vieira because a lot of their best work went through him," said Warnock. "I'd imagine Steve Bruce will ask him to do something similar by picking up Fabregas. Arsenal are an exceptional footballing side and you have to get tight. I don't think Steve will complain about the state of the pitch in a game like this!
"I know Arsene gets concerned that people go overboard with them and I can understand why he is sensitive. But I don't think that's the case most of the time. There is a difference between getting tight and going overboard.'
Warnock added: "I've had a few run-ins with Browny and he's made some silly tackles at times, but he doesn't need to because he is a superb footballer and a brilliant lad as well.
"The Eduardo injury was horrible, nobody wants to see that, but I don't think it will change what Steve will ask Browny to do."