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Carling Cup: Youth With A Hint Of Experience

Arsene Wenger has opted for, as expected, youthful squad with a tinge of experience for tonight's Carling Cup quarter final clash with Manchester City at Eastlands.

Wenger's kids have made to, at very least, the quarter final stages of this competition now for as long as I can remember, and the manner in which his young charges have achieved it ensures that all Gooners find this competition compelling rather as an added unnecessary work load.

Adding experience to tonight's squad will be Tomas Rosicky, as he continues his rehabilitation after 200 years out injured (I'd assume he'll take the captains armband), Alex Song, who is young, fit and this extra game shouldn't be too much of a burden, Emmanuel Eboue who is an excellent squad player purposely built for nights just like this, and Mikel Silvestre, who, let's face it, is just about capable of playing in this competition.

There's also a kind of second tier of experience, if you will, with Carling Cup specialists Carlos Vela and Jack Wilshere who have impressed mightily in the competition in recent years, and the ever present Aaron Ramsey who has featured in more Arsenal squads this year than any other player. There's also Lukas Fabianski, and I believe if he puts in a good performance tonight we'll see him retain his place against Stoke on Saturday, relegating the hapless Manuel Almunia to the bench.

We then have the exciting prospect of watching young players such as Craig Eastmond, Francis Coquelin and Fran Merida try and make their mark.

With the added fireworks of going head to head with Man City again so soon after the contentious Premier League match (plus the possibility of facing Adebayor once again), it means this game is one you really don't want to miss.

Arsenal Squad in full:

Tomas Rosicky
Carlos Vela
Aaron Ramsey
Alex Song
Mikael Silvestre
Jack Wilshere
Lukasz Fabianski (GK)
Vito Mannone (GK)
Emmanuel Eboue
Armand Traore
Fran Merida
Kyle Bartley
Francis Coquelin
Craig Eastmond
Emmanuel Frimpong
Kerrea Gilbert
Mark Randall
Sanchez Watt




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 2 2009

Time: 11:42AM

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Is Senderos injured or is he being sold
paul_ownz
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02/12/2009 12:07:00

Dunno Paul ... maybe both. lol. He might not be what we need (but maybe he is?) but he is a good player and I can't see him wanting to be in this current position for too much longer. With regards to the game I'd assume that Hughes, who if reports are to be believed, is fighting for his job, then we'll see a full stregth City. This could lead to either a battering for us, or an over confident City who could be embarassed by an fearless young side.
Rocky7
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02/12/2009 12:10:00

Senderos can't be sold until January and playing him, if fit, at the beginning of December shouldn't compromise that. Wenger suggested we would see Eastmond play which might mean Song partnering Sylvestre. Song hasn't played in either of the earlier CC games and as a key player in the first team nowadays there would need to be a good reason to risk him now if Senderos is fit.
Amos.
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02/12/2009 12:40:00

Best way, rotate the squad for the Carling Cup
Tiny T
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02/12/2009 13:18:00

Fabianksi, Traore, Song, Sylvestre, Eboue, Ramsey, Eastmond, Wislhere, Rosicky, Vela, Merida will prob be starting 11 in my opinion
paul_ownz
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02/12/2009 14:10:00

That's exactly the team Paul. I thought Merida was supposed to be suspended.
gunnerkid107
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02/12/2009 19:31:00

Adebayor tried to kiss Eboué or something :P Djeez man! Reminds me of a crazy ex trying to make it all awkward afterwards. Eboué stayed cool though :-) Go gunners!
Fabby69
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02/12/2009 19:47:00

Oops sorry I didn't see this thread for some reason and opened one with the team lineups. :P My you-know-what wasn't great. What's Bellamy complaining about? The Song block in our box? But didn't Carlos have a pen claim, did you guys see that one clearly?
GoonerLou
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02/12/2009 20:36:00

 

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