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Wenger: Kids Can Beat Spurs

Arsene Wenger is confident that his youthful Arsenal line up can carry on with it's amazing cup run by beating Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Wenger, this season, has mantained his policy of fielding a team of younger players in the League cup competition after his boys have reached three of the last four Carling cup semi finals.

Just because this seasons semi final is against bitter (Is there a more acurate description?) rivals, Spurs, that doesn't mean he'll do anything different.

'We want to repeat our previous performances we have had so far in this competition - if we can win at Everton and win at Liverpool, then we can win at Tottenham as well. Now it is down to the boys to prove that,' he said in his programme notes ahead of the game against Manchester United.

'It will be a very special atmosphere, and we will be ready for it.

'Do not forget we were in the semi-finals last year and we feel our young players have improved since then.'

Once again the night shift beckons for this Gooner, but fortunately, that means I'll be available for the home leg!!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 23 2007

Time: 10:58AM

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your right rocky, nothing to lose, everything to gain... and then a nice final against wycombe in cardiff HEHE !
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23/01/2007 11:03:00

I couldn't give a f*** about the Carling Cup, but now we have the scum it gets personal. Comon you young Gunners.
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23/01/2007 11:10:00

hatespur, any competition is nice, and its one that has eluded wenger.. the last team to win at cardiff ? and weren't we the first ? hmm records records... also, i want to get there cos i promised my little kids as their first final, so come on gooners, do it for my kids ! kids ! hehe
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23/01/2007 11:17:00

I think the Carling cup has enjoyed a revival of late, with the "bigger" teams reaching the latter stages.
Jacky B
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23/01/2007 11:51:00

I am all for Wenger continuing with the Kids, interspersed with the odd experienced one ie Silva is banned from the PL so he'll play I think, but I feel also there maybe a stronger bench this time? Just in case its needed. Also the Line up for the second leg will be determined by the first leg result? I feel a draw tomorrow night (2-2) then we will beat them at ours (3-1). Com'on you GoonerKids.
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23/01/2007 11:52:00

I agree JackyB. For all their evil doings, I think Chelsea have had a hand in ressurecting this competition. Because their bench is so strong, that team haven't been able to field understrength teams against them, and the effect has snowballed. Infact there's probably only Arsene Wenger who doesnt use his first team......yet he has reached 3 of the last four semi finals in the competition!!
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23/01/2007 11:55:00

I think the renaissance of this competition has come about more by people accepting it for what it is, a great chance to see a club's young players. For instance, there is the Carling young prospect award, clubs have slashed prices and so forth. Chelsea's taking it seriously may have helped, but also their domination of the league for the last two years and their resources have made the likes of Liverpool and United look upon this as a chance of silverware. For our purposes, it's smoothed the progression of Cesc, RVP, Senderos, Denilson, Flamini, Djourou, Clichy. I looked upon CC games as a gruelling chore a few years back, now I really love this competition. (Even if we keep getting draws like Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Everton, Wigan, Liverpool away).
Little Dutch
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23/01/2007 12:12:00

It'll be interesting to see what sort of team Tottenham fields...they haven't been this close to silverware in years, and they might not get a better chance of reaching a final for a while. And it is against a team they hate, so they'll wanna do us over. At the same time how demoralizing would it be for them if our kids beat their first team? These are the issues Jol has on his mind.
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23/01/2007 12:28:00

Harry, Silva is suspended for tomorrow and Bolton Saturday. I still couldn't give a flying f*** about the CC, but as I have said to stop Sperz getting their grubby little mitts on the trophy will be worth the extra 40 quid or so on my ST.
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23/01/2007 12:33:00

Shinobi, Spurs will field a sh!t team, i.e their first choice 11.
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23/01/2007 12:35:00

An interesting thread with intelligent comments and remarks from both Arsenal and Spurs fans spoilt by a boorish and facile remark. Disappointing.
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23/01/2007 12:59:00

I had a look at vital Tottenham yesterday Sir_Harry in the hope of winding a couple of you boys up. Turns out I didn't have to type a word as you were all arguing amongst yourselves. What has happened to last season's feel good factor?
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23/01/2007 13:07:00

Whilst it cannot be denied that the Gunners victory at Liverpool was a superb achievement I think an element of caution ought to be exercised considering who they actually played. Starting with their dodgy keeper, three players in a back four who have barely played, a midfield that looked lightweight and a powder puff strike force, it was clear that Benitez couldn't give a damn. Considering the 'young' Arsenal team, apart from Traore all have played regularly, the midfield was a far more aggressive mix than usual with Song, Denilson and Baptista all involved and Alaidiere and Walcott have been increasingly involved this season. The victory in the preceding game was possibly more impressive as you thoroughly beat a full side reds team. I have no doubt that Jol will look to select a reasonably strong team, not dragging any youngsters in but rotating the 1st team squad, so you're 'boys' will not be up against the likes of Paletta, Guthrie, and Peltier but more established players.
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23/01/2007 13:12:00

But Hatespur, the difference is it tends to be an internal argument on how to take the team forward. I actually am happy to see fans from any teams offering 'intelligent' comment but frequently people just post to deliver a feeble insult. I mean, alleged fans like this new arrival 'The Beast' cannot even get the facts right making their attempts at stirring the pot really rather humorous if ill-educated and juvenile.
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23/01/2007 13:16:00

I think you'll find that I personally quite enjoy a reasoned debate on all football issues (ask Jacky B) if that is what others are willing to do. If you look at the general moron to adorn this site with his 'intelligent' comments from other clubs (generally Spurs) it degenerates into childish name calling.
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23/01/2007 13:23:00

If you are here to talk football I'll give you my opinion on the S.F. I think Spurs will be too strong and the kids will get a little intimidated in the first leg at W.H.L. However, if we can bring you back to the Emirates just 1 goal behind we'll put more first team players out and have a good chance of going through. If we are 2 behind from the first leg I think it'll be too much of a mountain to climb, but if we manage to get out without defeat at the Lane I think we'll go through.
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23/01/2007 13:27:00

I said this on the spurs site yesterday. We'll draw the first leg and win the second at home. Either that or Jemery and The Beast (the real one) will tear them apart. Diaby, Song, Walcott and Denilson in midfield (with Baptista dropping in there to support), back four of Traore, Senderos, Djourou & Hoyte. Almunia in Goal. They'll hold spurs on go in 1 behind. Then at the Emirates it'll be another 3-0 pumelling. You win everything with kids.
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23/01/2007 13:53:00

Sir_Harry, Liverpool's team was hardly as weak as you suggest. The dodgy keeper that you refer to was the same one which won them the champions league final, the powder puff strike force consisted of Fowler (one of the best premiership scorers ever) & Bellamy who is a very good striker. The lightweight midfield had Gerrard in in & the defence had hypia (sorry don't know how to spell his name) in it. The rest of the team had a lot more combined experience than that of arsenal so I dont really see where you're coming from. I think spurs will eventually go through because wenger doesn't give a damn about this competition. Spurs on the other hand will lose in the final to chelsea as they wont have much to play for by then!!
Ashburton Gooner
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23/01/2007 14:56:00

sir harry, i love the banter fro you and a select few others, chelsea fans and a few other.. what i object to is people like HTG giving it all he can and then crying if we come back with a snipe.. people must learn, if your going to give it, then you will have to learn to take it. That said, I really find it immature to call the actual poster names, to say racist comments about the stadium, and then slam wenger as a child molestor.. that goes way beyond the banter of football fans and is plain ignorant and plain stupid. by all means come here, joke about the rise or downfall of your football team, but leave the personal stuff at the door.
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23/01/2007 15:01:00

PG, Well said!! Unfortunately HTG, GWN & "The Truth" only seem interested in personal insults because they are not capable of rational argument. Maybe they are all related to Jade from Big Brother!!
Ashburton Gooner
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23/01/2007 15:24:00

well AG, i think something should be done, on other forums there is a simple compaint button, people who go too far should be banned or removed. I am all for debate, but making it personal just makes that person look even smaller than they already are.
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23/01/2007 15:46:00

Again agreed. Its a shame that a few people ruin it for everyone else. Drunkard Bill the sheff utd fan really got to me yesterday. Wishing serious injury on RVP it just shows them up to be complete losers!!
Ashburton Gooner
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23/01/2007 15:49:00

That's tame by Drunkard Bill's standards. He wished terminal illness on my whole family. Fortunately I'm not easily offended, cusop (the Spud cock) likes to criticise the way I do my job. Ultimately these people are idiots and not worth the hassle, people like that get theirs in the end anyway.
Little Dutch
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23/01/2007 16:02:00

wasnt it you sir harry who had a go at me when i mentioned benitez squad selection against our kids for the carling cup,you said that he wanted to win it because it was a route to europe,and i was wrong in calling him a coward for suggesting that he was scared of geting a pasting,well you just said that he wasnt interested in the comp.and i was right in saying that he would get a pasting
fran merida
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23/01/2007 16:28:00

welcome back sir harry, you're finally here after a while, and what do you mean by calling "The Beast" an alleged fan? 90% of your fans are worse than all the fans we have here, you know how much BS they talk before our every game on our site, and you're not much better than them, it was before the liverpool game i think that you were here and giving us your intelligent predictions and how it backfired on you and you went missing for some reason whatever it maybe..
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23/01/2007 17:12:00

people who make personal and racist comments should be banned, there should be a complain board on Vital Football to deal with this issue and permanently ban the offenders from the Vital Network..
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23/01/2007 17:15:00

and by that i mean, really offending personal remarks, not the ones like Sir harry said bout the beast and i said bout him :p..
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23/01/2007 17:16:00

i agree luckys 10 and all spuds shoud not be allowed to come to THE MIGHTY ARSENAL SIE
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23/01/2007 18:28:00

I am a bit worried because HtG and the Truth have not given their pre-match predictions so far... we were doing great. Probably busy still eatin' their own ****.
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23/01/2007 18:31:00

I messaged the editor of the Tottenham site about some, albeit very subtle, racism in one of the articles. Fortunately, he's a decent bloke and said he'd keep an eye out.
Little Dutch
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23/01/2007 18:46:00

What stupid Arsenal fan was it that said that Blackburn would beat Watford and that Spurs would be 10th.
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23/01/2007 22:23:00

What stupid sp*rs fan would come on here and be so gleeful that his team are in 9th place. probably the same one who couldnt provide the stats for how many goals Barbie-tov had scored against the top 10 premiership sides.
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23/01/2007 22:35:00

Actually i am not gleeful about being 9th in the prem, and as a matter of fact, i did provide you with the stats, i just wanted to know the fool who posted the same thing 20 times saying blackburn were going to win.
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23/01/2007 22:41:00

well aaronlennon, enjoy tonight with a beer :) now just furthering the complaints, it is up to us all, and i include the more sensible spuds, to rid us of really abusive people on here.. let is be a warning, name and shame.
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23/01/2007 22:52:00

sounds like the NotW lol
Jacky B
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24/01/2007 09:29:00

Time to show who is in charge and runnig the show.
Youngest in Charge
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24/01/2007 09:44:00

WE look forward to seeing the winners in Cardiff, just wish the travel back weren't such a pain, especially as it'll be 2 London sides going!
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24/01/2007 10:04:00

Interesting to see what arsen makes of the kids if they lose....
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24/01/2007 15:28:00

well the kids didnt lose and it was magnificent. Arsene has faith in them and now we're beginning to see why. Id like to see the kids play in the final as well vs chelsea (once we defeat spurs at home, of course).
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25/01/2007 10:03:00


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