PETER CLARKE is looking forward to the boot being on the other foot in Sunday’s big FA Cup clash in the capital.
The world’s oldest knockout competition has so far cast Town as Goliath in games against Conference side Cambridge, League II Macclesfield and Dover, from the Blue Square South.
Now Lee Clark’s side are the ones aiming to upset the odds as they chase a first Town win over Arsenal since January 1971, when both sides were in the top flight and a Frank Worthington penalty clinched a 2-1 win at Leeds Road.
“It’s what the cup is all the about, isn’t it?” said Clarke. “In the opening rounds the Conference and League II sides get their chance to go up against teams from the higher divisions and now we get our chance to try and get a great result against a team from the top level.”
And the experienced skipper is quick to point out Town have earned their trip to face Arsene Wenger’s star-studded side.
“In the first round we needed a replay to get past Cambridge and we had to earn our victory,” he said.
“Having then faced Macclesfield and Dover, knowing we could be on the end of an upset, now it’s our turn to try and do the same.”
With a wry smile, Clarke continued: “They seem to have got a pretty decent side down there!
“Obviously they have got a lot of quality in their squad and we are under no illusions how tough it is going to be.
“We will show them respect, but we will show no fear. We have to show our fighting spirit and we will go down there to give a good account of ourselves.”