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Arsenal's kids will once again to toe to toe with Tottenham's first team in the Carling Cup Semi Final.

It's the second time in as many season's that Arsene Wenger's talented youngsters have face the talentless Tottenham first team.

While it's a chance for Arsene Wenger to hand some youngsters a chance to prove themselves and gain some fitness, it's Spurs' only realistic chance of getting into Europe next season after a shocking start to the league season.

Juande Ramos' side will want to make up for his side's loss to Arsenal when Robbie 'amazing goal celebrations' Keane had a penalty save by the man who could soon replace his team mate as England Number One - Almunia.

Arsene Wenger has already confirmed that his team will be similar to the one that faced Balckburn in the last round of the competition.

If Arsenal progress, we could see a repeat of last season's final, when The Gunners faced rivals Chelsea.

However, Spurs could reach their first 'major' cup final since they won 'The Peace Cup' two years ago. *singger*

The Gunners' form has returned to it's outstanding best. Five wins in their last six see's them sitting atop of the Premiership, with only Portsmouth having taken anything from Arsenal. Spurs' have fallen at the hands of Arsenal in those 6 after a 2-1 win for the Gunners at home.

Spurs on the other hand, have won only three of their last six, drawing one and losing two. Both losses were 2-1. One was to Arsenal, the other to Villa. The've managed to beat such giants as Reading and Fulham...

Vital Quotes:

Arsenal's young 'Keeper Lukasz Fabianski is hoping he can make a name for himself when he starts betweent he stick on Wednesday night: 'It is a big, big game for me, the fans and for everybody who is a Gunner,' He told Arsenal TV.

'For me, it has been good to play in this competition and we now have two more games.

'It will be another chance to show my ability and how I am looking. I am ready for that and cannot wait.

'I know that this is a London derby game and I spoke to Manuel Almunia, who saved a penalty against Spurs.

'He told me that if you save a penalty against Tottenham then you are the biggest man in the world.

'For the Arsenal fans, it is a big thing to win against Tottenham.'

Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas says he and his team mates want to get revenge for their deat last year...and the year before, and the year before, and the year before and so on: 'I have sore memories and we want to have the opposite feeling this time around.

'We must be positive, this tie is the other way around and it might help us that we can bring them back to the Lane for the return game unlike last year.

'I am very confident that we can score goals whenever and wherever we play.'

Arsenal Team News:

The big news is that Robin Van Persie is back for Arsenal after recovering from a muscle injury in time to face one of the few Premiership teams he is yet to net a goal against.

Fabianski will start in goal, while Johan Djourou will make his first start of the season for Arsenal. Senderos will partner him in defence.

Theo Walcott is also avaliable again after overcoming a shoulder injury.

Player to watch: Robin Van Persie

As I said, Spurs are one of the few teams Van Persie is yet to score against. I'm tipping him to change that tomorrow.

Tottenham Team News:

Someone called Ledley King is likely to start for Spurs. Has anyone heard of him?

Berbatov is almost certain to be partnered by Robbie Keane as Spurs look to win their first North London Derby for nine years.

Younes Kaboul and Darren Bent are doubtful. Gareth Bale, Anthony Gardner and Benoit Assou-Ekotto are all out. While Huddlestone begins his 3-match ban.

Player to watch: Berbatov

There's no one else worth writing about at Spurs. He's the closest thing The Tiny Totts have to a class player, and he will pose a massive threat to Arsenal's young defence.

Match Prediction:

I'll have to go for a 3-1 win for Arsenal. Tottenham showed signs of tightening up at the back when Ramos took over, but that's gone out the window now. Bendtner and Eduardo have enjoyed playing together so far, and I think they'll continue their good work.

Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Tuesday January 8 2008
Time: 6:43PM


First one to post for the very first time in any article....YAY!..2-0 for us if Eduardo starts.
08/01/2008 18:49:00
Ha Simmo nice conciliatory piece for our neighbours there!, in all honesty we needed extra time at home to put this to bed last year, as the second leg this time will be away it is likely to play it's part again, I'm far more confident with a strike force of Dudu and Nik than I was with Aliadiere and the Beast though, think the team will be a mixture of regulars and the CC kids, come on you gunners!
08/01/2008 18:52:00
I predict Spurs will win. Job done!!!
08/01/2008 18:56:00
Spuddies to take the lead, before the Red & White Army stuff them, 3-1 to us..
08/01/2008 19:08:00
jenas wants revenge?dont they want that everytime we play them..i guess they already got excuses come wednesday
the arsenal
08/01/2008 19:19:00
Are you sure that Jenas didn't say 'I am very confident that we can concede goals whenever and wherever we play.' Thats a much more realistic statement.
Ashburton Gooner
08/01/2008 21:01:00
Come on you Gunners'.
08/01/2008 21:03:00
Both are true, in fairness though Ashburton. It's just yours is more true than his is. The Arse to win, 3-1 this tie and 4-2 over the whole thing for me.
08/01/2008 21:08:00
I loved Urby Emanuelson statement about Spurs. Apparently he was thinking of joining them but turned it down after talking to Edgar Davids, he said something along the lines of "Edgar Davids told me not to join Spurs, he told me if I leave Ajax it should only be for a top club in England, Spain or Italy".
Ashburton Gooner
08/01/2008 21:12:00
The 1st tie is at home and some of the players are in good form, esp our strikers. I fancy an Arsenal win as well, though I wont be surprised if Spurs end up drawing this one. The thing is - Spurs are so unpredictable. They put up a good organised show in the League against Arsenal, then their defence crumbles against lower opposition. So I really dont know which Tottenham will turn up. Hopefully, its the latter.
08/01/2008 21:16:00
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