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Young Guns To Face West Brom in CC

Young Guns To Face West Brom in CC

Amidst the hysteria surrounding the match at Old Trafford on Saturday, plenty of Arsenal players, who were not in Manchester, were closely watching Sky for another reason. Arsenal was ball #1 going into the draw, and we were also the first club to be pulled out of the hat. Subsequently, Arsene's Young Gunners will face West Brom in the third round at Ashburton Grove.

If you're a stickler for good omens, then it will comfort you to know that when Arsenal reached the Carling Cup final in 2006, they played the Baggies in the third round of the competition as well.

Here's what Arsene has to say on the importance of the competition:

"Of course [the race is on]" Arsene told "We have given out a few players on loan but we have a big squad and if you look at the number of players who did not play [against Celtic] then I believe we will have a competitive squad in the Carling Cup.

"Somebody in France told me that [against Celtic] our average age was 23.9 years old. If you look at the players who were on the pitch that night they all played in the Carling Cup - Bendtner, Song, Denilson, Fabregas even Clichy.

"They all started in the Carling Cup. That shows you how important it is to go through this stage."

The fixture is to be played on September 22nd at 7:45, and as of right now, it is not scheduled to be shown live on television. If this changes, then the time or date of the match might change as well.

In the past Arsenal has slashed ticket prices for this competition, which has created some amazing atmospheres at the Grove. So if you can't normally get out to support the Arsenal, this is your chance to do so!

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Writer:Brice Coffer
Date:Wednesday September 2 2009
Time: 5:37PM


Whilst most clubs see this competition as a hinderance (apart from Spurs, it's their goal for the season) I love this competition, and we always seem to get the kids to step up to the plate for it too!
02/09/2009 18:07:00
Your banter is **** Rocky. At least LDs is usually amusing. Its not our goal at all we play our reserves and kids these days, and seem to do very well unlike you who never win the darn thing (or anything at all it seems these days)
02/09/2009 18:17:00
Playing the reserves against Doncaster is hardly playing them all the time in the competition. The starting lineups against Man United, Burnley, and Watford last season consisted of Defoe, Modric, Woodgate, Jenas, King, Lennon, and many more first team players.
02/09/2009 18:37:00
So you reference winning with reserves and kids, well let's look at who sp*rs started that game: Robinson, Hutton, Woodgate, King, Chimbonda, Lennon, Jenas, Zokora, Malbranque, Keane, and Berbatov... such talent and promise in those youngsters, good point
02/09/2009 18:39:00
It wasn't banter HY.
02/09/2009 18:57:00
When he said 'play' the reserves and kids, it must've been in pimp daddy street slang, like "daaaammmnnn them kids got played" implying they were cheated out of appearances and playing time. I mean that MUST be what HY meant right?, cos if not, given the info that TPowell provided above it would mean that HY was chatting complete unmitigated chuff and that surely can't be right?.
02/09/2009 19:05:00
Nice to see Arsenal carrying on their tradition of not taking this cup very seriously. I know your kids need a run out from time to time, but it's a bit disrespectful to the other teams in the competition, no matter how well the kids play.
02/09/2009 19:16:00
oh cock off
02/09/2009 19:19:00
How it is disrespectful to other teams if they get beaten?? will it hurt their dainty little ego? excuse us if that aint our concern.
02/09/2009 19:29:00
really looking forward to this years CC btw, Watt is on fire and the likes of Sunu, Coquelin, Merida, Eastmond and Bartley are going to be a handful what ever the opposition.
02/09/2009 19:33:00
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