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Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Robbie's keane to secure cup final spot

Tottenham striker Robbie Keane is unfazed by the challenge of ending Arsenal's unbeaten record at the Emirates Stadium. Spurs travel to their rivals tonight with their Carling Cup semi-final poised at 2-2 after the first leg at White Hart Lane last week.

Away goals count after extra-time, meaning Spurs will probably have to beat their rivals for the first time since 1999 if they are to reach the final against Chelsea next month.

Keane, 26, said: 'We are all really looking forward to it and Arsenal have to get beaten some time at home, why not on Wednesday?

'If anyone thinks this tie is over for one second they have another thing coming.

'People will probably say that they have the advantage but ask anyone in our dressing room and they are really up for this game and raring to go.'

Keane believes this season is his best chance to win a trophy since he has been at Spurs, while goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes silverware is the next step the young squad need to achieve.

'It is a barrier, we've not won anything here for a long time but not as long as some other clubs,' said the 27-year-old England goalkeeper.

'We've got the players, we've got the quality in the squad and we are not far away from doing something.'

Spurs will be without Ledley King as the captain continues to struggle back from a bruised foot, but Jermaine Jenas is back after returning from an ankle injury.

Dimitar Berbatov - who scored in the first leg and is described by boss Martin Jol as offering a 'completely different dimension' in attack - is sidelined by a groin problem, but fellow striker Keane still believes Spurs have enough to trouble the Gunners.

The Republic of Ireland international added: 'We feel that if we go there and play our best we know we can get that result.

'Berbatov and King are out, but apart from that everyone is fit and it was a big bonus to have Jenas back.' Spurs are involved in three cup competitions and Jol believes his players are relishing the increased workload.

'Cup football is almost addictive, players can get a little tired with so many matches, but it is great,' said the Dutchman.




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