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Ferguson wants performance at Arsenal

20 September 2017

Manager Darren Ferguson is hoping his side can cause a shock against Premier League side Arsenal in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

Rovers are looking for revenge after their penalty shootout exit in the same competition in 2005, but Ferguson has praised fellow manager Arsene Wenger for the job he has done at the Gunners.

“Stranger things have happened in these competitions, us going there and winning the game would be a shock but that’s what we are going to try and do, we are not going there for a night out,” said Ferguson.

“We are going there to try and get a result, of course it is going to be difficult but it is not out of our reach, and hopefully if the result is right it would give my players the belief for the rest of the season.

“Arsene Wenger is a fantastic manager and to do it at the top level of the game for so long is incredible and I have the upmost respect for him, I am looking forward to managing against him.”

Wenger could use players such as Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere on Wednesday evening, and Ferguson is hoping whatever side he comes up against his, will give a good account of themselves on the night.

“I want and certainly the players want to come up against the best players that Arsenal have, it’s a chance for us to test ourselves against some of the best players in Europe,” said Ferguson.

“We have to make sure that we go there and put on a performance for the fans, we will try and stay in the game for as long as we can, but we have to appreciate that we are coming up against, no matter what team it is, a very good one.

“Communication will be vital for us, we have to make sure that when we have got that ball, we are good with it and cause them problems, but we will have to patient.”

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