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We’ll break down your bus, Arsenal keeper warns Ipswich

Wojciech Szczesny has warned Ipswich they can park the bus or as many tractors as they want in front of goal at the Emirates Stadium tonight, but eventually Arsenal will break them down and reach the Carling Cup final.

The Suffolk club are set to defend a slender 1-0 advantage from the first leg at Portman Road a fortnight ago after a below-par Gunners were beaten by Tamas Priskin's second-half strike.

Town defender Damien Delaney openly admits Paul Jewell's men will do all they can to hang onto their lead, claiming “we will go and park the bus in front of the goal at the Emirates, like Jose Mourinho said”.

Gunners goalkeeper Szczesny, though, insists those tactics will result in a comprehensive defeat in the end.

“We have a team from the Championship coming to the Emirates and they probably won't fancy it too much, but we fancy our chances and are confident we will go through,” said the stopper.

“We are Arsenal and believe we can beat anybody.”

Szczesny added: “They have a one-goal advantage which they will try to defend, but as soon as we score the first goal, it will be downhill for them.

“We just have to break them down and score as many goals as we can. We are confident we can turn this around.”

Wenger will again rotate his starting XI tonight, with those among the substitutes on Saturday against Wigan — like Kieran Gibbs, Emmanuel Eboue, Denilson, Andrey Arshavin, Nicklas Bendtner and Marouane Chamakh — all probably set to feature.

Arsenal could yet move in the transfer window, with Wenger open-minded as to whether he will sign central-defensive cover.

Rangers keeper Allan McGregor, 28, has also been linked with a switch to Emirates Stadium, while Arsenal are expected to complete a deal for Southampton talent Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 17, this week.

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