Date: 28th February 2011 at 9:26pm
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Whilst the task of beating Arsenal at the Emirates was made slightly more rosy thanks to the Gunners fluffing their lines against Birmingham on Sunday, there is no doubt that Wednesday’s match will be our biggest and hardest of the season by a mile.

But part of me still thinks we can get a result, and here are the five key reasons why:

1 – Jimmy Smith

Jimmy has now perfected his Tim Cahill impression by scoring seven goals in the last 13 games from midfield, six with his head. Whilst he will be limited to more defensive duties against Arsenal, our best chances may come from set plays and crosses, from which Smith has proved himself deadly in recent weeks!

2 – Nicklas Bendtner

If there was one thing I learned from the first leg it was that I now have visual proof that Bendtner is not good enough for the current Arsenal side. He often looked un-interested and ineffective stuck out on the wing and he will hopefully start against us again on Wednesday.

3 – Arsenal’s fixture list

The Gunners’ busy schedule mirrors that of Orient’s in quantity but with 2 FA Cup clashes, the now-lost Carling Cup, 2 Premier League fixtures and a trip to Barcelona within the space of two weeks, there is no doubt Arsenal have a lot more to deal with (and possibly distract them) before the game.

4 – Tommy Carroll

We were dealt a huge blow with the loss of Dawson on Saturday, on top of the injuries to Chambers, Spring and Crowe in the centre of midfield. With Dawson looking a major doubt for Wednesday, it will probably be up to Carroll to step in. Though this seems like a massive task for the 18-year-old Tottenham loanee, what I have seen from him already, I have faith that he can more than make his mark at the Emirates.

5 – The lure of Old Trafford

There is only one tie that was bigger than Arsenal and that was Man United away. The chance of playing the Premier League leaders in the quarter finals of the FA Cup still seems hard to believe but if the the players want anymore incentive for getting a result, they got it when the Red Devil’s name was pulled out the hat.

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