Writer: Nick Simmonett
Date:Tuesday December 19 2006
19th December 2006
Arsene Wenger will field another youthful side on Tuesday as he takes another crop of young guns to Merseyside to take on Liverpool in the Carling Cup quarter final.
Wenger has long been accused of not taking the competition seriously by fielding a team full of teenagers, a charge he has often denied. Both managers have stated their intention to field strong sides.
Arsenal will be wary of Liverpool, who will be looking for revenge after being outplayed, outclassed and very well beaten at Ashburton Grove in the Premership. Rafa Benitez will be keen to keep the Kop sweet.
Ao far in the competition Arsenal have beaten West Brom (2-0) away and Everton (1-0) away while Liverpool have seen off Reading and Birmingham in their previous ties.
Defender Kolo Toure on why he wants to win the competition: 'We are looking forward to it. We have never won it (since 1993) and it would be good to win this trophy as it is part of a season in which we need to win something and we are looking forward to the Carling Cup.'
'It is going to be a tight game,' he added. 'We beat them in our stadium, but they will try to beat us in their stadium and we see it as a big challenge.
'We want to win to go to the next stage as it is an important cup for us.'
Liverpool will field a strong side with the likes of Peter Crouch, Luis Garcia and Dan Agger all expected to start.
The thumb-sucking Spaniard always seems to raise his game for the big teams, he has a wicked shot on him and he likes to get into the box.
The game could see an emotional return to action for Lauren. The right back made his comeback in a behind-closed-doors friendly last friday in which he completed 55 minutes.
Traore, Randall and Denilson should all feature along with the boy who has been dubbed 'Cesc mark II' for his exceptional passing abilities.
Rosicky, Baptista and Toure also travel.
The Cezch Republic captain returns from injury and he coud prove to be the difference.
Date:Tuesday December 19 2006
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