Crystal Palace striker Jermaine Easter hopes they draw Arsenal in the Carling Cup quarterfinals.

Easter's 81st-minute penalty made the game safe for Palace against their Championship rivals Southampton , the striker's thoughts turned to the prospect of a clash with one of the country's top clubs.

"Arsenal were the team I supported when I was growing up, so to draw them would be fantastic," said Easter. "When I was at Plymouth and we played them, I had a medial ligament injury and could only watch, which was disappointing.

"Hopefully, we can get them in the next round and I'll be playing. Whether it's here or at the Emirates, if we could get one of the big boys like Arsenal it would be good for the football club."