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Home Draw In 5th Round If We Progress

There were 20 teams, making up 16 balls in the pot, and Arsenal were made to wait till the last fixture was announced. The draw handed Arsenal a home tie to either West Brom or Burnley.

Arsenal will be extremely happy to have a home draw against non-Big Four opponents. West Brom will be looking to avenge their opening day loss to Arsenal at the Emirates, while Burnley will be looking to dump Arsenal out of the second cup competition of the season. The tie will be played on the 14th of February.

Saying all this we must take care of business at home to Cardiff on the 3rd of February.




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The Journalist

Writer: Brice Coffer Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 25 2009

Time: 6:33PM

Your Comments

I hope we play you guys again for the third time in two years! We fear nobody as I am sure you are aware by now! I am hoping i have an excuse to go the Emirates for the first time
turfmanphil
lads any news on Arshavin?
luckys_10
Yeah I'd like to play you again Phil .... it could be the decider .... lol. In seriousness I like Burnley, they have a real go at the big teams but don't have to resort to thuggery to do it. Here's hoping we both progress.
Rocky7
Would Jay Simpson be able to play for WBA if we ended up playing them?
ArsenalRob
I don't actually mind who we play. Home game is good.
GoonerLou
Depends on his clause rob
shewore
Simpson wouldn't be able to play, it'sa blanket rule now and one that is patently unfair. Simpson was able to play against Villa and not against us, he might well have scored the winner against Villaand then not been able to play against us. That might have given us an unfair advantage in the race for that 4th spot. Similarly, Frazier Campbell will be able to play when Spurs go to Anfield, but not when they go to Old Trafford, which could conceivably give United an unfair advantage in the title race. The people that make these rules just don't ******** think.
Little Dutch
I think the rule is more about the unfairness within the individual match and the clubs themselves, not either competition as a whole. Could Simpson score against his club? Would it have some sort of effect on him? Just look at Ramsey on Sunday for example. Its just a whole lot easier for us to say, "We will give you this player on loan, but he cannot play the one match against us" Its not that unfair. Any club can loan a player.
Tom14
Jeffers was instrumental in creating a goal for Everton in our unbeaten season when he was still our player. Tresor Lumana Lualua scored a last minute equaliser against Newcastle when he was on loan there from Pompey. Loanees usually have a great deal to prove against their parent clubs, Pennant (Leeds) and Volz (Fulham) both played against us in the 03-04 season whilst still our players and though they visibly tried very hard, Cole and Pires respectively gave them the sort of roasting that showed they weren't up to it at Arsenal. It is unfair competition, as is the whole transfer window idea. For instance, we have already played Bolton twice pre window in the league, imagine if they went out and splashed 40m on players, they would then be a demonstrably stronger team when they come to play our rivals than they were when we played them. I think the window should shut in August and that's it until May.
Little Dutch
What about injury crisis'? I tend to agree, but sometimes clubs have done all they thought they needed to do, and then the injuries kick in. Arsenal would not fall into that category, it would force us into spending.
Tom14
Then keep the window open all season. I agree with Wenger, you can't have it both ways, either keep the window open at all times or keep it shut at all times. There's too much potential for mischief. Either say that transfers are one of the variables of the game, like form or injuries, or take them out of the equation. What we have now is a system that is easily manipulated. If I were Wenger, I'd study Villa's fixture list and look to loan some of our youngsters out to some of their opponents. Managers also have the potential to unsettle opposing players. If Wenger were a less honest man, he could easily have created a furore by feigning interest in Gareth Barry in an attempt to unsettle him and Villa. Ferguson did it last season, when United had to beat Wigan in their final game of the season, Ferguson intimated interest in Valencia and Palacios as summer signings. Net result, both played toilet and eased United's path to victory. United were Champions and Valencia and Palacios were never even enquired about.
Little Dutch
key operatve: 'IF'
johnny come lately
key operative: 'IF'
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