Arsene Wenger has warned Arsenal not to leave themselves open to any "bad surprises" by dismissing the challenge of npower Championship strugglers Ipswich at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners trail 1-0 from the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final in Suffolk a fortnight ago, but are expected to easily overturn that deficit to stay on course for what would be a first trophy in six seasons.
"They will aim to protect their advantage and try to get us on the break with a direct game, as they tried in the first match," said the Arsenal manager.
"If you look at my record I think I have been consistent in my career against teams of lower divisions because I respect them and I know that they can raise their level and raise their game.
"If you are not prepared you have bad surprises.
"Where we are stronger is defensively as a team, but of course hopefully we can open them up."
Wenger continued: "To go to the final we need to produce a very good game and that is what I am focused on.
"We want to win everything and at the moment on Tuesday is the Carling Cup, so we go for the Carling Cup; Sunday is the FA Cup so we go for the FA Cup.
"At the end of the season we will see whether we have won trophies, but at the moment I think the most important is to live the moment for us and not to be looking forward too much."
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