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Spurs vs. Arsenal

White Hart Lane

24th January 2007


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Arsenal (kids) travel to White Hart Lane tonight to face Spurs in the first leg of the Carling Cup Semi Final.

For Spurs this is a golden opportunity not only to beat Arsenal for the first time in 7 years but for them to reach a Cup Final…a rarity for such a small club. For Arsenal it`s another chance to blood some of the many talented youngsters coming through at Ashburton Grove.

Vital Quotes:

Arsene Wenger: 'Frankly I would have liked an easier run of games to the Semi-Final.

"But there is nothing like a tough education in life.

"When you are a parent you want your children to have a little less of a tough education and something a bit more soft.

'But at the end of the day if they get through it then you know they are equipped for the demands of playing at a club like Arsenal."

"I made a decision at the start of the Carling Cup that, because we have such a young squad, I needed to know about them.

"I could not waste a year with players who did not get top-level competition. To give them an education I needed to choose one trophy and play them in there. I did that in the Carling Cup.

"At the moment this team pushes so hard that you can see it has an effect in the first team. They know the competition is just so hard."

Fat Martin Jol hopes for some support...for a change: 'The fans are more important than they realise.

'Every match we play at White Hart Lane they lift us - it why are so strong at home, while we are learning how to play away.

'Our crowd give us confidence and we've got one of the best crowds in the English league for helping the team get good results,' added Jol, who went on to give his thoughts on the big cup clash.

'Of course, it is a big game for us, the semi-final of a cup and that is what you want - what Spurs fans want.

'With being up against Arsenal people talk about them playing kids, well, they played a young side last time against Liverpool and scored six goals - the first time it has happened at Anfield in over 70 years. I certainly just see them as a very good team and Arsenal have a lot of talent in their squad.

'For us it is important to get to the final, but it is not about one match. We need a cushion to go to the Emirates though because it will be tough. We had an awful afternoon there in December and we don't want it to happen again.' Print This Article Email a Friend

Spurs Team News:

Midfielder Teemu Tainio will miss the game at White Hart Lane because of a sprained ankle.

Ledley King (bruised foot) is also out but Jenas (ankle), Mido (groin) and Paul Stalteri (hip) are in contention again.

Player to watch: Aaron Lennon

Just about the only midfielder in spurs' squad with flair he is sure to pose a threat.

Traore will have to make sure that if he makes one of his galloping runs down the left that he is able to catch pacey Lennon.

Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal include Toure, Eboue, Flamini, Fabregas and Hleb in the squad.

Wenger has already confirmed that Walcott and Diaby will start. Baptista should start through the middle in attack while Aliadiere will be the other striker, playing wide left of a 4-3-3.

Player to watch: Theo Walcott

The England international seems to thrive on big occasions. While this may not mean an aweful lot to most Gooners, I'm sure it's as big as an FA Cup Semi to The Arsenal youngsters.

His pace, power, engergy and vision mean he has the ability to give the best of defences a run for their money so he should be able to tear Ekotto and Co apart!

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Date:Wednesday January 24 2007

Time: 5:35PM

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I cant really remember clearly coz i was well drunk while watching the match, and only remember beiing incredibly angry the spuds kept playing when pires went down injured but didnt they beat us in that match last season?
Ozi Gooner
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24/01/2007 17:45:00

Good luck boys, keep up our fantastic record, not sure how many Spuds fans will be there tonight, as I'm sure most of the pikey scroungers have headed to Branscombe beach!. On another note never enjoy seeing a player picking up a serious injury but, Savage......... you just gotta believe in Karma.
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24/01/2007 17:54:00

how good is that comentator to, never heard someone get so excited over a penalty before
Ozi Gooner
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24/01/2007 18:06:00

GOOD LUCK AFC... Hope you beat them.A few tough tackles so their limbs will be aching when they play us in the FA.CUP Saturday.
Ed Junior
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24/01/2007 19:39:00

oh no we are two nil down,poor defensive mix up,and a soft free kick own goal,how did baptista miss the goal in the last minute of half time??? anyway im going to put on my lucky arsenal isnt over yet all we need is one goal...come on you gunners!!!
fran merida
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24/01/2007 21:06:00

Did anyone else notice that blatant back pass to robinson which prevented baptista having an easy goal just before spurs scored their first?? & then Poll sees something which nobody else did & awards a free-kick for nothing!! I am actually pleased with the youngsters so far they have really matched spurs all over the pitch, if anything its just the keeper & central defence letting us down!!
Ashburton Gooner
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24/01/2007 21:10:00

lol how funny is that. What a bunch of losers they really are, i make that 2-3 on away goal double rule. They have no chance now. i cant wait to abuse those ******** at our place. And that second goal was lucky, wasnt even a free kick.
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24/01/2007 22:11:00

ya, the free kick was dubious to say the least. But the 1st goal was a howler from toure, wouldnt have minded if someone like senderos or hoyte had made that mistake. But an awesome comeback, now even our youngsters are showing the same spirit. and fran - looks like your lucky shirt did the trick after all :).
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24/01/2007 23:01:00

yeah i know,it hasnt let me down this year......
fran merida
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24/01/2007 23:14:00

The fight and tenacity in this team is starting to scare can't count them out of any game it seems, and that's a frightening prospect for any opposition to face.
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25/01/2007 02:36:00

baptista scored a great hat trick, yes hat trick, spuds woud of loved to have a player score like his own goal, that was genius.
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25/01/2007 07:33:00

Cant believe you call us lucky - Keane onside for 3-1 anyone? 2-2 was a fair result though. Baptista lucky to be on the pitch? i think so. Good fightback from you scum though.
Jacky B
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25/01/2007 08:53:00


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