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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Posted on 24 January 2007  - 12:00

Chris Hughton regular assessment of our forthcoming opponents - next up, the big one, Arsenal at home tonight in the first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final. 

Chris Hughton regular assessment of our forthcoming opponents - next up, the big one, Arsenal at home tonight in the first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final.

THIS IS a massive game for us, a semi-final against our biggest rivals.

There is a little uncertainty in the line-up we'll be up against. Public opinion is that it will be similar to the side that played and won so well at Anfield, but they have good options.

Whatever team they put out, if it's a young team, that young team has done well so far and that's because they are all very good footballers used to playing in a system that demands they pass and move. They've showed their quality so far.

Looking at their options, Toure has been involved in the Carling Cup, Gilberto didn't play against United, so he's a possibility, Fabregas played at Liverpool because he came back from suspension.

They have young full-backs in Clichy and Eboue but I would expect Hoyte to play, they also have young Traore, who played in the last game and looks a real prospect.

Djorou and Senderos, young centre-halves, might line-up and the more senior player they might look to who did exceptionally well at Anfield is Baptista, who I would expect to play. Aliadiere saved his best performance of the season for Liverpool and you've also Theo Walcott in there.

There are lots of names to pick from and whatever team they go with, younger or more senior, it will be equally as hard.

I'm sure most teams would prefer going into the semi-final with the home leg as the second leg but so many times that hasn't worked out for teams. We have to look for the advantages of playing at home first and try to win the game at White HartLane. It's a massive occasion, a semi-final at White Hart Lane and generally, we've risen to the occasion.