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Pascal Chimbonda speaks from experience when he talks about the importance of tonight's home leg of the Carling Cup semi-final against Arsenal.

Pascal Chimbonda speaks from experience when he talks about the importance of tonight's home leg of the Carling Cup semi-final against Arsenal.

The full-back trod exactly the same path when Wigan were paired against the Gunners at the same stage of the competition last season - and dramatically won through to the final.

The foundations of that victory were laid at the JJB Stadium when Paul Scharner scored late to secure a 1-0 win in the first leg.

Things didn't look so good for Paul Jewell's men in the return at Highbury when Robin van Persie made it 2-1 on aggregate in the second period of extra time but Latics had a hero in the shape of Jason Roberts, who struck in the final minute to book their place in the final.

"We lost 2-1 in the second leg but it was good enough to go to the final because we kept a clean sheet at home, won the game and then managed to score that one goal away," reflected Pascal at Spurs Lodge.

"We need to win at White Hart Lane, hold our concentration and not concede a goal because if Arsenal score, it will make it difficult in the second leg.

"The final was a fantastic experience, the first cup final in my career and I'm determined to go to my second final in two seasons. If we manage to win at home, it will be a big step."