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Carling Cup Team Proves Arsenal's Squad Depth

Arsene Wenger today named his Carling cup squad to take on Liverpool as Ashburton Grove tonight, and despite the obvious lack of first team players, the squad still looks rather tasty.

The Arsenal boss has stuck with his youth policy for the Carling Cup (a policy that apparently degrades the competition despite the fact that we've reached three semi finals and a final 6 years) clash against Rafa's scousers tonight, yet the squad looks surprisingly strong.

Season after season we hear about the lack of strength in depth in our squad, yet this current crop of players has some very able back up in the form of young players fighting to ply their trade in the premier league.

There are a few players taking to the pitch in red and white this evening who would walk into to most teams starting line up in this country, yet they have to be content with playing in cup matches, filling in for injured players or making substitute appearances.

Arsene's mix of reserve and fringe players should be more than a match for a Liverpool team lacking Torres, Gerrard and Mascherano ...... as long as they keep their concentration that is.

Carling Cup squad in full:

Wojciech Szczesny
Lukasz Fabianski
Philippe Senderos
Kyle Bartley
Mikael Silvestre
Kieran Gibbs
Kerrea Gilbert
ran Merida
Francis Coquelin
Craig Eastmond
Emmanuel Frimpong
Aaron Ramsey
Mark Randall
Samir Nasri
Eduardo
Gilles Sunu
Nicklas Bendtner
Sanchez Watt




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 28 2009

Time: 11:24AM

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I think tonight is a big opportunity for Francis Coquelin. The squad does have depth to it for me everywhere except in the defensive midifeld position. After Denilson and Song there ain't a lot left. If Coquelin can impress in this competition in the same way Denilson did two or three years ago, he could get opportunities. Fran Merida looks a good prospect for me, but I don't see him making it at Arsenal for the simple reason that there is an absolute wealth of players in front of him for his position.
Little Dutch
I'll agree with that LD. I sometime fear we won't get to see players like Carlos Vela succeed at Arsenal simply because of the players we have. But it's a lovely problem to have for a change.
Rocky7
I went to see the reserves play Chelsea the other week and I was extremely impressed with Coquelin. Against WBA his distribution wasn't very good. It's the thing he needs to work on most. In the reserves (at a slightly lower level) there was a marked improvement. I'm looking forward to seeing him play tonight (if selected). Is Wilshere injured?
navydave
Sorry, just seen about his ankle injury on the website!
navydave
Does anyone have any idea why Vela isn't in the squad?
Little Dutch
I can only presume that Wenger has big plans for him on Saturday. But then I'm surprised about Nicky and Eddy being there!
navydave
http://www.sport.co.uk/news/Football/29104/Spurs_star_Our_bench_is_a_little_bit_stronger_than_Arsenals_.aspx

Baaahaha! Silly finger pointing pikey.
Gunnerman
Agree on Coquelin. I would have loved to see him on the bench against West Ham rather than somebody like Ramsey or Gibbs - he could have replaced Diaby or Arshavin and added extra defensive balance. He should make it at Arsenal in my opinion.
Tom14
I see Vela and Merida as replacements for Eduardo and Rosicky eventually.
Gooner_Vin
I've been excited about Coquelin since he first arrived at Arsenal, I've been itching to see him play in the CC more. I hope he gets a good amount of time on the pitch today. Vela's absense is mystifying. I notice AW has no problem putting Ramsey on as a sub in first team games but he almost never uses Vela. Almost seems like Vela has gone down in AW's estimation.
jaelle
Vela has a knee injury according to arsenal.com, that's why he's not included today.
ptv-
Agreed on Coquelin. Where's Carlos? This is his cup!! Is he injured??
GoonerLou
I can honestly say that Arsenal are the only team I am jealous of. If I wasn't born a Villa fan, I would be a Gooner. What football you play. Great win - well done. Just hope we don't get you in the draw.
heathfieldroad1874
I can honestly say that arse -nal sare the only team I wouldnt want to support .
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