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19th December 2006

19:45

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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.

Vital Quotes:

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 Team News:

Liverpool will field a strong side with the likes of Peter Crouch, Luis Garcia and Dan Agger all expected to start.

Player to watch: Luis Garcia

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.

Arsenal Team News:

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.

Player to watch: Rosicky

The Cezch Republic captain returns from injury and he coud prove to be the difference.

Match Facts & Stats

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Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Tuesday December 19 2006
Time: 12:43PM

Comments

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cant wait, will be a feast for me too see all these youth players especially denilson anf fran, ado i wanna see how mozart is doing.
hazzagooner
19/12/2006 13:51:00
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Really looking foward to tonight's match. Always great to see into the future and we're rarely disappointed with Wenger's unrivalled eye for talent. The Carling Cup - although not the most prestigious cup - is fast becoming my favourite to watch (Champs league knock-outs take the top prize) purely because of the young talent we continually field. Hopefully lot's of goals! Liverpool have a knack for making cup games exciting (FA cup and Champs League final, obviously, spring to mind) and I hope we get the same here.
Parano!d
19/12/2006 13:58:00
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Should be a good game
SeasideEssexXile
19/12/2006 14:09:00
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liverpool are cowards,putting out their first team squad against our returning injured,reserves and kids,they must be so scared of losing,or so desperate to win,i hope we can give them a footballing lesson,the bunch of hoofers
fran merida
19/12/2006 14:24:00
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Cowards for putting out a team people spend their hard earned money to go and see? It is more likely to be Arsenal for short changing fans who are hoping to come and see stars play. Joke of a comment from Fran Merida - shame on Benetiz and Liverpool for wanting to win a game and reward their fans .... prat!!
Sir_Harry
19/12/2006 17:55:00
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everyone knows this is not a very important game for the Arsenal,except to blood new boys,and bring on recovered players,it goes to show that we have a strong squad,and it looks like liverpool are desperate to win this game and are scared of our 16 and 17 year olds,i never feel short changed paying money to see our future,the only prat is you coming onto our website and commenting on things that have nothing to do with you,why dont you crawl back under your stone,you slimy c unt
fran merida
19/12/2006 20:06:00
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Calling another manager and teams cowards because they are interested in going for a trophy is the act of a prat especially when one of your senior players seems to disagree ... naming yourself after one of them makes you sound like you might be more interested in some bum fun with one of your lovely kids that offering any serious comment. Want to slag of other teams and people will come on to your page to respond. Idiot
Sir_Harry
19/12/2006 21:40:00
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Have you broken up from school little boy? You seem mightly impressed that you can break the swearing rule on Vitalfootball which should lead you to be banned from every team site and page. You have still not explained how the players including Toure want to win this worthless trophy and exactly why Liverpool deserve the description 'cowards' because they want to win a trophy which carries with in European qualification. I find most Gooner fans such as Iceman10, Luckys_7, Rocky7 and Puregold amongst others to be intelligent fans able to engage in intelligent conversation and banter, so it was somewhat surprising to hear the pathetic remark "Liverpool are cowards, putting out their first team squad". Maybe you expect Benitez to confer with Wenger before deciding on his first XI? - it is really the dumbest, stupidest comment made on Vitalfootball in the last 3months. Oh and '61Neveragain' would have been a far funnier name than calling yourself after a little Spanish boy - in fact I imagine someone might start using it. See, you don't need to be stupid all of the time.
Sir_Harry
20/12/2006 08:00:00
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like i said before,no-one cares what you have to say,your just a sad and pathetic spud,calling them cowards indicates that they are scared of a bunch of kids,and they know that if they were to put out their accademy and reserves against ours we would beat them,i repeat,i posted the same comment on the liverpool site and said it to my liverpool friend,your the only person who disagreed,its strange that you would come onto our site and write comments about it,dont you have a life then?do you love liverpool or arsenal,and why was my comment removed?its ok for you to be homophobic,but to suggest that you play withyourself is not allowed,im not looking for your approval,i dont want you to be my peer,or suck up to me like your trying to do with all the other gooners,your just a little man who supports a small club with a big chip on you shoulder,
fran merida
20/12/2006 13:52:00
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and talk about the most stupid thing written on this page for three months,how about when you said you would beat us at the grove,now that really was the most stupid thing said,the only bum fun that i was having was with your mum,she didnt think i was a little boy then.why dont you go off and worry about southend,and stop interfering with things that dont relate to you,or do you wanna come back and call me some more names
fran merida
20/12/2006 13:58:00
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