Arsenal v Ipswich

24 January 2011 03:25
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says January's heavy fixture list has left him with "no choice" but to rotate his squad following the 3-0 win over Wigan.Hat-trick hero Robin van Persie, who was rested for the first leg, may be replaced by Marouane Chamakh. [LNB]Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell has no fresh injury concerns following Saturday's win against Doncaster. [LNB]But midfielder Lee Martin is cup-tied, having played for Charlton in an earlier round. [LNB][LNB] MATCH PREVIEW Many feared this tie would be effectively over before the start of Tuesday's second leg. Ipswich are languishing in the lower reaches of the Championship and had suffered a 7-0 thumping by Chelsea days before Arsenal went to Portman Road. [LNB]But the happy reality is that Ipswich travel to the Emirates Stadium with a 1-0 lead, courtesy of Tamas Priskin's late goal two weeks ago. [LNB][LNB] We feel stronger and stronger in every single game. It is interesting the chance we have in front of us because for me the way we play is fantastic to watch. Let's just keep going Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger The bookmakers still make Arsenal overwhelming favourites, not only to win this semi-final but the Carling Cup itself. Anyone who witnessed the Gunners' sublime display against Wigan at the weekend will understand why. [LNB]Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said after Saturday's 3-0 victory that his side are getting "stronger and stronger" and he will be desperate to get his hands on some silverware, something he and his team have not done since lifting the FA Cup in 2005. [LNB]For Ipswich, the wait for silverware has been considerably longer. It's almost 30 years since they famously lifted the Uefa Cup under Bobby Robson, and you have to go back to 1978 to find their last major domestic trophy, when they beat Arsenal 1-0 in the FA Cup final. [LNB][LNB] MATCH FACTS Head-to-head[LNB]• This is the 59th competitive meeting of these clubs. Arsenal have won 29 (exactly half) of the previous 58, Ipswich have won 18, and there have been 11 draws. [LNB]• Ipswich have a better record in Cup competitions, with three wins to Arsenal's two, including a 1-0 win in the 1978 FA Cup final. [LNB][LNB] Have your say on the game Arsenal[LNB]• Arsenal are appearing in the League Cup semi-finals for a record 14th time. They have gone on to reach six finals, and have won the League Cup twice. [LNB]• The Gunners' League Cup successes came in 1987 (beat Liverpool 2-1) and in 1993 (beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1). [LNB]• Arsenal are the Premier League's joint-top scorers with 48 goals. Only Manchester United can match that. [LNB]• They have yet to concede a Premier League goal in 2011, but Championship sides Leeds (twice) and Ipswich have both scored against them in the FA Cup and Carling Cup respectively. [LNB]Ipswich[LNB]• Ipswich are appearing in the League Cup semi-finals for the fourth time. [LNB]• Their last semi-final appearance came in 2001 against Birmingham when, as this year, they won the first leg 1-0. They went on to lose the second leg 4-1 after extra time, going out 4-2 on aggregate. [LNB]• Ipswich's win against Arsenal in the first leg was the fifth time they have beaten a team from a higher division in the League Cup. [LNB]• Town have lost five and drawn one of their last six away games in all competitions. [LNB][LNB] LEADING GOALSCORERS [LNB]Arsenal[LNB]Nasri: 13 goals (2 in League Cup); Walcott: 10 goals (2 in League Cup); Chamakh: 10 goals (0 in League Cup) [LNB][LNB]Ipswich[LNB]Priskin: 7 goals (3 in League Cup); Norris: 7 goals (3 in League Cup); Scotland: 7 goals (0 in League Cup) [LNB][LNB] MATCH OFFICIALS Referee: Mark Halsey [LNB]Assistant referees: Simon Beck & Glenn Turner [LNB]Fourth official: Chris Foy

Source: BBC_Sport