Straker targets cup glory
Aldershot's Anthony Straker hopes to pile more misery on Manchester United and give his boyhood club Arsenal a boost.
By Soriebah Kajue
Last Updated: 25/10/11 4:08pm
Aldershot defender Anthony Straker hopes to pile more misery on Manchester United and give his boyhood club Arsenal a boost.
Arsene Wenger's side have endured a difficult start to the campaign and are currently seventh in the table, having lost some stellar names over the summer.
United have seized on that to build a lead over their rivals and they now have a seven-point advantage over the Gunners, despite their humiliating 6-1 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.
The distraction of the Carling Cup fourth round tie should provide a perfect opportunity for United's bruised egos to be soothed.
Yet for Straker he would like nothing more than to keep United on the back foot after the Shots won their first game after five successive losses on Saturday against Dagenham and Redbridge.
He told skysports.com: "That win gives us the confidence going into this game and hopefully we can take the game to them.
"A lot of people have been trying to knock Arsenal. They lost a bit of confidence but they are coming back and they can still have a major say in the Premier League.
"There are a lot of up and downs during the season and hopefully Arsenal can get up the table.
"They are looked on as one of the best teams and they are now starting to get back to top form.
"They lost a few big-name players and people have been writing them off, but it's about the quality of the squad now, hopefully new players can emerge and get them back up the table."
Sir Alex Ferguson has taken the opportunity to use his squad players in the League Cup this year, like in most other seasons.
But with United boasting a squad bulging with international players, the Grenada international insists any team the Premier League champions put out will be a formidable one.
"Everyone in their team will have a point to prove, but we have to take advantage of the fact that we are at home and take the game to them," Straker added.
"I don't know how many of the players from Sunday will play against us, but this is Manchester United - they have quality all over.
"Hopefully I'll be able to swap shirts with one of their players, even one of their younger ones, because chances are, even if they don't make it there, they will go on to have a good career anyway."