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Mar 2, 2011

Hearn keen to add to Wenger's woe

Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn is confident that his side can pile the misery onto Arsenal - after the Gunners' defeat in the Carling Cup final this weekend - when the two sides meet in their FA Cup replay on Wednesday night.

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Orient forced a replay with a 1-1 draw at Brisbane Road last week and now head to the Emirates looking to hand Arsene Wenger's men another costly defeat in their search for silverware this season.

"We shall all be waiting to see which Arsenal team turns up for the replay,'' Hearn told ESPNsoccernet ahead of the game. ''Will it be the one out to give us a spanking in retribution for losing the Carling Cup final at Wembley, determined to take it out on us. Or will they turn up jaded and suffering a hangover from losing to Birmingham?''

However, whichever Arsenal side takes the field, Hearn is keen to take the chance to progress (and face Manchester United in the quarter-finals) with both hands.

''We are going out there to win. I can tell you this: we learned more about Arsenal from the first game, then they did about us,'' he added. "We showed them too much respect, we were in awe of the occasion, in awe of so many great players in the Arsenal line-up.

"Not this time, not in the replay, and for that reason I would expect our players to improve, because playing Arsenal is no longer a surprise to them. I am not going to make any silly predictions, but all I would say is, that if it came down to heart and character alone then we will win.''

Hearn also said he has no sympathy for Wenger not having won a trophy in six seasons, if Orient can get a result.

"We haven't won anything for a lot longer than Arsenal. So, no I have no sympathy,'' he said. ''This is the first time in 29 years we've been in the fifth round and we want to make the most of it, having drawn such a plum fixture. And I know the players won't let us down.

"We're in a very competitive world and although they haven't won anything for six years, they have been there or thereabouts.

"Wenger has done a fantastic job at Arsenal, they are one of the top teams in the world and have been for years, and they are an exceptional business model for football, showing everyone how to run a football club and Wenger is marvellous at spotting young talent, although none of that, of course, guarantees success and trophies, especially when you have to compete with money of [Chelsea owner Roman] Abramovich and Manchester City."

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