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Stats Back Up Wenger's Seriousness

On Monday Arsene Wenger told the official Gunners website that he always takes the League Cup seriously.

Wenger has taken much criticism over the past few years (along with many other managers) for "devaluing" the League Cup by fielding squads of younger, and fringe players to tackle this competition, and despite this the Arsenal gaffer maintained he is serious about the tournament.

Of the criticism Wenger said 'We have always taken the competition seriously, we use it as an opportunity to give a chance to some young players and people relate that to not taking it seriously but it is the opposite."

'Because we take it seriously we want to always offer two things - the desire to win and the opportunity for our fans to see some of the players who represent the future for this club.'

Well last night`s victory over Bolton made it the 9th consecutive season that Arsenal have reached the quarter finals of the League Cup. Breaking our own record of 8 consecutive ¼ finals that was established last season.

The closest club to the record is Liverpool with 5 consecutive quarter finals.

With thanks to OptaJoe of Twitter for that tidy stat

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

Date:Wednesday October 26 2011
Time: 12:24PM


I think Wenger’s priority list goes something like, CL, EPL, Fourth EPL, FAC and CC. His youth team has proven to be better than most in the CC and we have that marvellous record as a result, but he would field a youth side regardless of their achievements. So I would say that he doesn’t take the CC too seriously unless we reach the latter stages of course.
Sir Henry
26/10/2011 14:55:00
I actually believe he fields a team he believe is capable of winning the match, which is why we do so well. If you consider we fielded a very strong team at Spurs last season I think it shows that. My humble opinion at least.
26/10/2011 16:15:00
Wenger takes the development of his youth players extremely seriously, and a major part of their development at Arsenal is in the opportunity they get in the Carling Cup. If they go out early, they get fewer opportunities to impress and learn from the experience. He may not see the trophy and cash rewards as significant, but I do believe he'd be very upset to see the side lose out early on. The word 'competition' is itself here crucial - it is a chance for the players to compete and show their potential. Arsene may not care too much for the trophy, but I believe he cares greatly about the competition.
26/10/2011 16:50:00
Rocky, I actually think that you could win this trophy this season. A few years ago Arsenal fans trashed the CC as a competition. I cant remember a little cup or something. Maybe your best chance of silver in what is approaching 7-8 years?
27/10/2011 11:02:00
I can't remember the last time I DIDN'T think we could win it... it's definitely about time, given this record. Arsenal play more first-teamers in the side when we get closer to the trophy these days, probably inspired by the repeated taunts of 'you haven't won anything for X years'. I don't think Arsene particularly cares about winning it... does anyone?
27/10/2011 14:34:00
Te only trouble now is Man City. We'd have to get lucky one way or another. Because they have two first teams full of international-class players. Anybody other than Man City will do well to win anything this year. Unfortunately.
27/10/2011 17:03:00
You're probably right. Although we said the same about Chelsea... The other big clubs don't tend to play their first 11 in the competition either though, do they, so it'll be interesting to see when they decide to bring the big-guns out.
27/10/2011 17:29:00
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