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Perfect match

Posted on 12 April 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp sees Arsenal as ideal opponents on Wednesday night after Sunday's disappointment at Wembley.

Harry Redknapp sees Arsenal as ideal opponents on Wednesday night after Sunday's disappointment at Wembley.

We step back into Premier League action just three days after our FA Cup semi-final exit against Portsmouth with a vitally-important North London derby at the Lane.

The match is crucial for both teams. We need to get back on track straight away after Sunday as we chase fourth place in the Premier League while the Gunners are still fighting for the title.

Manchester City forged ahead in the race for fourth with a 5-1 win against Birmingham City on Sunday. That result means they are four points ahead, but we have a game in hand. Liverpool's draw against Fulham left them two points behind us in sixth having played two games more while Villa are four points back in seventh.

"We couldn't have a better game now," said Harry. "If I had to choose a game, I'd choose Arsenal at home for the next one.

"Sunday was a bad day, but what can you do? Life is full of highs and lows. That was a big low, but we've had plenty of highs this season. The mark is how you pick yourselves up.

"It wasn't ideal preparation for Wednesday, for sure. The players have to rest now and get ready to go again. It's about how you recover and respond.

"Arsenal is a massive game and we've got to come back and try and win that game - it's all-important for us."