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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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 2 2009

Time: 5:37PM

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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!
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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)
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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.
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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
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02/09/2009 18:39:00

It wasn't banter HY.
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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?.
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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.
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02/09/2009 19:16:00

oh cock off
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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.
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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.
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02/09/2009 19:33:00

if fifthcoumnblue is a al-citeh or chelski supporter, I'll remind him that we advanced further than either of them last year...
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02/09/2009 19:45:00

If he's a cit£h supporter he having a feckin laugh! They have been disrespecting competitions for years with their ****eness.
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02/09/2009 20:20:00

Spurs have been disrespecting the Premier League for years. They even played with Paul Robinson in goal for four years in the competition.
Little Dutch
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02/09/2009 20:25:00

LOL, LD, thanks for that laugh on a slow Wednesday afternoon! Disrespect shmisrespect, the simple fact is that the whenever Arsenal's kids are eliminated from this competition no in the football world cares to watch it anymore other than the supporters of the remaining teams. It's Arsene Wenger and his kids who've lightened up this little tournament few cared about and put it in the spotlight.
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02/09/2009 20:41:00

CORRECTION: " ONE in the football world cares to watch it anymore..."
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02/09/2009 20:42:00

with le arse super kids an super players an supper de doopeer footy they play, and nothing to show for it. lets hope we dont see any more of yer players diving an cheating, eboue an ed chito, tut, tut
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02/09/2009 20:51:00

oh good, 123spuds is back to enthrall us with his horrendous grammar and spelling! happy days!
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02/09/2009 20:55:00

Not even Eduardo could cheat 123 through GCSE English ;-)
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02/09/2009 20:59:00

ya but he is cheat on the pitch, ye arse dont understand txin from a phone = sms, typically oh well.
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02/09/2009 21:04:00

This is one of my favourite competitions to watch, over the past 3 seasons. The kids are fantastically entertaining, and I remember some really good games in the competition (Blackburn 2 seasons back in extra time, Shef utd last season). Lets hope this game is on live TV, and I would actually like the kids to win something this year. Wenger would like the kids to experience big games, and thats all fine, but there has to be a greater focus on winning this trophy. The winning mentality needs to be instilled in our bunch of players, as thats the only missing ingredient from our squad. If this can happen with the kids in the CC, then its good for the long term. I'm not sure about the impact of the loss in the 2006 final on players like Denilson, Theo and Diaby who featured in that game, and how that has shaped their mental strength today.
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02/09/2009 21:04:00

Patrick Barclay has an excellent column condemning UEFA's Eduardo ban and calling for UEFA to reverse their decision when Arsenal appeal:
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02/09/2009 21:30:00

Eduardo's cheating can simply not compare to the way t*ttenham has been cheating their supporters out of their hard earned money for years and years
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02/09/2009 21:32:00

Just waiting for the sp*rs bubble to burst. I just love watching the Carling Cup. Watching the kids play without any fear in itself is such a joy. Ones to watch out for will be Coquelin, Bartley, Sunu and of course old man Jack.
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03/09/2009 05:55:00

I love this competition too. Many Gooners do. This time around I'm keen to see Ramsey bounce back from his sub performance at OT. Merida to show his tricks. Jack to bewilder the opposition. Sunu and Watt to fight it out for the spot(s) up front, or would Arsene play Bendtner-Eduardo? Btw is Vela back from injury yet, no news there? Mannone in goal then? A back four of Eboue-Senderos-Djourou-Gibbs? So many interesting questions.
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03/09/2009 16:42:00

The comments on this article are golden!
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03/09/2009 23:39:00


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