Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he is feeling the pressure of winning some silverware for the Gunners after a six year baron spell.

He will see the Carling Cup as the ideal opportunity as his side take on npower Championship side Ipswich Town, who were beaten 7-0 by Chelsea in the FA Cup on Sunday.

The Gunners have already been installed as favourites to lift the trophy but Ipswich certainly have a point to prove after that defeat in the capital.

They have appointed a new Manager since then but Paul Jewell will not take the reins until after tonight's match at Portman Road, but the players will still be out to impress.

Caretaker Manager Ian McParland will be in charge once more but remember the last time a temporary Manager was in place at this stage of the competition? Derby County under David Lowe beat Manchester United 1-0 at Pride Park, before losing the second leg 4-2 at Old Trafford. Ironically Lowe stood in following the departure of a certain Paul Jewell!

The former Notts County Manager is relishing the match and is asking for more from his players, than was shown at Stamford Bridge. "That's all behind us now. It's forgotten, and now I'm asking the lads to sweat blood whatever the result.

"Upsets happen, look at Crawley against Derby this week, and look at Notts County at Sunderland last Saturday.

"Our Chief Scout, Steve McCall, has given me three reports on Arsenal. No stone has been left unturned as regards preparations for this match. I want the players to go out and really express themselves."

McParland is yet to learn his fate at Portman Road but he's not thinking of anything expect springing a surprise: "I know Paul, and there are no hard feelings. He'll be wanting to get in his own backroom staff. If I get a job as a Manager again, I'll be wanting to do the same." - read the thoughts of the Town defender Mark Kennedy here.

Arsenal's last silverware was the FA Cup back in 2005 and the Manager is hoping to rectify that statistic as soon as possible: "It's not as much of a mental block for us as much as it is in the media and for the supporters, who are linked.

"There's a big bond from what you read every day and then it gets into your brain.

"Of course, I want to end it [the barren run]. But being ­professional is not to look at the trophies but to focus on the quality of your performance.

"What is in the players' brain is a desire to win and once you're in the Carling Cup semi-final, you don't want to go out.

"I see it as a possibility of a trophy and that's how we will approach the semi-final."

He knows though the pressure will be very much on his side, with Ipswich having nothing to lose: "We will certainly be on our toes going to Ipswich. Our last game has shown that against a Championship team we must be completely up for it and focused from the first minute on if we don't want to be surprised.

"In the Premier League there are one or two players standing out where the club has spent a lot of money. In the Championship you face the team as a compact unit who is ready to fight against you, and I think that is what we will face against Ipswich.

"The pressure is on Arsenal and they have nothing to lose. That is part of being at Arsenal to deal with that and I accept that completely."

The two sides have met 58 times in all competitions, with the first coming back in 1962. It was Ipswich who were on top back then, drawing 2-2 at home before winning 3-0 at Highbury in the old Division One.

They have met twice in the League Cup the first time in 1970, when a goalless draw at Portman Road, was followed by a 4-0 win for the hosts in the Round 2 replay.

More recently they were paired together in 2000, when the two sides were both in the Premier League. They met at Highbury in Round 3 and it was the visitors who triumphed 2-1.

Jamie Clapham gave them the lead with just two minutes on the clock but Igor Stepanovs equalised on the stroke of half time. Jamie Scowcroft then netted the winner for the Tractor Boys with just one minute to go. It was there only win in 16 meetings.

Arsenal have only won the competition on two previous occasions, the first time back in 1987, when they beat Liverpool. They also famously beat Sheffield Wednesday in 1993 in the first of two finals. They went on to also win the FA Cup Final, at the second attempt following a draw.

They have reached the final on four previous occasions including the second and third finals of the competition.

Ipswich on the other hand have never gone further than the Semi-Final stage, so can they go one step further this time around.

The game will be shown live on Sky Sports 1 in front of the first sell-out crowd at Portman Road since 2003 when they hosted their local rivals Norwich City.