By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger says that Arsenal's surprise Carling Cup exit in 2006 will have no bearing on Tuesday's game at Emirates Stadium.
Five years ago the Frenchman saw his side lose 1-0 at Wigan in the first leg of their Semi-Final and then concede a late goal at Highbury to crash out on away goals despite winning 2-1 in the return match.
Arsenal have to overcome an identical deficit when Ipswich visit Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night but that 2006 disappointment could be not further from Wenger's mind.
"We didn't go through because we didn't win by enough but you cannot compare. Every season is different," Wenger told Arsenal TV Online.
"The history does not play tomorrow [Tuesday], what plays tomorrow is the players on the pitch and the quality of our game is important. That is what we want to focus on."
Coincidentally the new Ipswich manager Paul Jewell was in charge at Wigan when they edged past Arsenal five years ago. Not that it matters to Wenger.
"We play against Ipswich, we don't play against Paul Jewell, so we want to find a way to score goals and we want to find a way to win the game," he said. "Where you are completely right is that we want of course to play in a much sharper way than we did in the first leg."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source