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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Posted on 20 April 2007  - 12:00

Chris Hughton's regular assessment of our forthcoming opponents - next up, the big one against Arsenal at the Lane on Saturday.

Chris Hughton's regular assessment of our forthcoming opponents - next up, the big one against Arsenal at the Lane on Saturday.

ARSENAL is always the biggest game on the calendar and the supporters will be behind us - they were outstanding in the Sevilla game, almost as vocal as I’ve heard them, not least as we were 2-0 down so early.

From our point of view, it’s about going out and getting a result.

We know we have to win games - hopefully we won’t have to win all of them, but the mentality has to be that we have to win them all. That starts with Arsenal, we’re at home and generally our performances against Arsenal at home have been very good. What we have to do is take it one step further and win this one.

Arsenal will also want to win the game, without doubt. If there is one game that underlines that it’s last season at Highbury when they left Henry out, then brought him off the bench and he scored the equaliser. That showed how much it meant to them. We’re no different.

They have such a good squad that they can chop and change but barring injury I’m sure we’ll see the usual players, the likes of Fabregas, Gilberto, Rosicky, Hleb and Adebayour up front. I’m not too sure who will partner Adebayour but the options they have are Ljungberg just off the front or Baptista.

I'm sure they will go 4-4-2 with Toure at the back, a wonderful player for them, Senderos, Clichy and Eboue.

They are a great football team but it’s an opportunity for us at home and it’s about how we approach the game.

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