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Arsenal vs. Sheffield United

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Arsenal v. Sheff United

This is a competition unlike any other for Arsenal fans, where the extremely promising reserve and youth team players get a chance to shine in the first team against players 10+ years older than themselves. Arsene has turned this competition into something that excites fans in a completely different way than regular Arsenal games. Some might say he is disrespecting the competition, but I think he is putting life into it.

Many managers have tried to recreate the success that Arsene has found in this competition but to no avail. When Manchester United plays their reserves, they get dumped out unceremoniously by teams of poor quality. Though this is the only domestic competition Arsene has yet to win with Arsenal.

Vital Quotes:

Arsenal boasted in his pre-match quotes about the youthfulness of his squad. "There is a possibility [it will be the youngest side ever]," said Wenger. "In the first team there are many players around 20. In the Carling Cup we will keep a few in there but the side will be more between 16 and 19. At Arsenal you can say 20 and 21-year-olds are the experienced players.

"You are likely to see Gavin Hoyte, Abu Ogogu, Aaron Ramsey, Mark Randall, Jack Wilshere, Fran Merida and Carlos Vela. Maybe Bendtner will play. Song, Djourou and Lukasz Fabianski will be the experienced players. But you will have players like Emmanuel Frimpong and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas so it will be a very young side."

Mark Randall talked about his eagerness to impress Le Boss. "Jack playing against Blackburn just proves that the boss will play young English players if they`re good enough," said Randall. "Everyone talks about the number of foreigners in our team but that means nothing. If you`re good enough you`ll play, English or not.

"This is a big season for me because I`m older now. I need to get as many games as possible under my belt, in the first team especially, just to make me stronger and a better player.

"There is a buzz about it [the Carling Cup]. But at the end of the day we`re all professional, we`ve still got to work, we have to do exactly the same in any game that we play and we have to give 100 per cent in training every day.

"In a way there is [one eye on the Sheffield United tie], because it`s a big game for us. But you`ve just got to keep focused and keep working hard."

Sheffield boss Kevin Blackwell is worried about his injury situation. Blackwell told BBC Radio Sheffield: 'It's a bit of a dilemma, because I've used the cup to get some of the lads fit.

'But with the injuries, numbers are down so my options are limited.'

Arsenal Team News:

I'm not going to pretend to know much about these kids, you will have to check Young Guns for that. So just refer to Wenger's quotes above to know who should be involved.

Player to watch: Jack Wilshere

Arsene has confirmed that the young Englishman will get his first start for the club. Unfortunately the media's eyes will be watching him like a hawk. But if he performs like he did against Juventus, Real Madrid, and Stuttgart in the preseason then he will have absolutely no problem with the extra attention. He is the most exciting player to rise through the Arsenal youth system in a very long time. He plays with the confidence and panache of a player much more mature than he really is. When you watch Jack play you can't help but be left in awe.

It will also be interesting to see how Ramsey fits into the main creative role in the centre of midfield.

Sheffield United Team News:

One positive for the Blades is that Premier League veteran James Beattie will be fit to start. Darius Henderson and Matthew Spring are out injured, while Sun Jihai is suspended. Lee Hendrie, Keith Gillespie and Danny Webber have all been tipped to start.

Player to watch: James Beattie

I'm not to familiar with the Sheffield squad but this man has been a constant threat in England's top division for some time now. He will surely pose a problem for Arsenal's very young defense.

Match Prediction

I can see this one maybe turning into a shootout. Arsenal will have a frighting attack but I am not sure about our defense. Other than Song and Djourou, our defense and midfield will be very lightweight and inexperienced. I could see this being a potential problem for Arsenal.

Im going to go with a 4-2 win for Arsenal. Bendtner x2, Vela, and Wilshere

Next Fixtures:

27/9-- Hull City-- Premier League

30/9-- FC Porto-- Champions League

4/9-- Sunderland-- Premier League

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The Journalist

Writer: Brice Coffer Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 23 2008

Time: 5:40AM

Your Comments

cant wait to see the young guns in action. who's airing it?
if only havard was around
Bring on the young Guns, I hope they will give us fans plenty to cheer about, roll on tonight!
The youth in this side is astonishing. Only Arsene Wenger dare be so bold, and I wouldn't be surprised in the least if they tonked Sheffield United!
If any other team was putting what is basically schoolchildren out i would be very confident, but what your lot call reserves & junior's are frighteningly good. It will be a good game, but i think you'll do it basically on the legs. The likes of Wilshere will tire Gary Speed out in no time. You never know, we could nick something
Players to watch: the whole Kids XI.
12. Carlos VELA (Age 19) 16. Aaron RAMSEY (Age 17) 17. Alex SONG (Age 21) 19. Jack WILSHERE (Age 16) 20. Johan DJOUROU (Age 21) 21. Lukasz FABIANSKI (GK) (Age 23) 24. Vito MANNONE (GK) (Age 20) 26. Nicklas BENDTNER (Age 20) 35. Francis COQUELIN (Age 17) 38. Jay EMMANUEL-THOMAS (Age 17) 40. Kieran GIBBS (Age 18) 41. Gavin HOYTE (Age 18) 42. Henri LANSBURY (Age 17) 43. Fran MERIDA (Age 18) 46. Abu OGOGO (Age 18) 47. Mark RANDALL (Age 18) 50. Jay SIMPSON (Age 19) 56. Emmanuel FRIMPONG (Age 16) Squad to face Sheffield Utd, avergae age 18 years old! Amazing stuff!!
Shepblade, your team is well capable of nicking something they have years of experience over the lads but not the ability, so it's all down to which team applies their respective strengths better in the situations that arise!
Gunna be sweet :)
Get in there Nicky my son! Great goal. Vela was quality too
HA! 3-0 f*****g superb
And it's only half time, the kids are dominating sheffield utd
still end up trophyless again
123spuds, shouldn't you be returning to the chaos that is Vital Spuds. Should we fire Ramos?!?!, Do we have the reverse Midas touch?!?! Will we ever win a premiership game?!?!
shud we fire wenger if arse win nothing again hmmmmmmmmmmm
and i dint mean it in a bad way, or been scarastic jus givin my opinion cause when if comes to crounch ye fail
Kind of like when it comes to winning any matches, 'ye fail'
have been posting on another thread, can't believe it's 5-0!!!!!!!
Such a FANTASTIC week all-round!! :D :D :D
by the way, Arsenal TV (Sky Channel 435) have a full replay of the game at midnight tonight. Listening to Soccer Special on Sky, I may well have to watch it...!!
where did these players come from, why dont they play in reserve league, or do they?
123spurs: from Poland, England (4), Cameroon, Switzerland, Spain, Wales, Mexico and Denmark. Yes they do.
they do 123s, it's our youth/reserve side. I saw them against Chelsea a fortnight who had Drogba playing for them. They really are very very good. By the way, Man U 1, Boro 1.
by the way 123s, who have you got tomorrow night and what do you expect your team to be? Full team for confidence or some reserves?
Oh really Michael lol? This just keeps getting better!
terrific score line. im following it thru live text on bbc. it seems like it's one hell of a game
Hi1 all gooners fans I am new to this website first time commenting but i have been reading it for along time, it is really good to read all of your comments praising out young team. lets keep up that way and get bottemham off the EPL
Cocquelin and Lansbury are on.... Still 5-0 I'm afraid but we're still making chances. 15 mins to go, we could still get 6 or 7 but 5 will do for me!
Hey welcome Collow, good time to join the fun eh! :)
welcome Collow, simple rules really here - wind up spurs fans at every chance and you'll fit in perfectly. It's not difficult at the moment though....
you are very much welcome collow
ha, 10 mins to go, Sunderland 0 - Northampton 2. Keane will go ballistic....
thanx LG and M105 rules i think i am good at making fun off bottemham, but i wonder why are they our rivels when they can't even win a single game the table tells you all. it like saying UK's enemy is Somalia funny
A truly unbelievable week...just like you collow,I've been following this threasd for sometime and this is me first time posting...can't get to watch the match here in Malaysia but from what I gather,Vela's palying really well as do Wilshere and Ramsey...hello to all you gooners on here... :)
welcome Jess, must be late where you are?
Hello there Jess! OMG 6-0!!!
ha, Vela Hatrick!!!!!!!!! That'll be 6-0!!!!
what time is it in England now I live in USA and it is 1:33pm
I'm blaming myself for not going to the game (cos I thought it'd be live on ATVO)! STUPID ME!!! If I had known it's only audio, come on, 10 or 20 pounds, arghhhh I hate myself for missing all the fun at the ground!!!
9:34pm Collow.
9:34pm, 8 mins to go.
Lou, I'm kicking myself as well. Was going to buy a ticket this afternoon at work but said all tickets were gone. Gutted, absolutely gutted.
well it is very late indeed Michael..close to 5 in the morning...OMG 6-0??? this team impresses me more and more...more of the same this's truly great to be a gooner... :)
I think there's a 7th, hold on....
hello jess! dis is something else. the more the merrier
6-0 and min to go Vela looking good Hat-rick good game we got Hull next bring it on
nope, my bad. Le Tissier shouted out. It was Giggs scoring the winner for 2-1. We're full time at the Emirates BTW. 6-0 final score, by the sounds of it, we were stunning.
I'll be smiling all the way to the office tommorrow...the fatigue for not being able to sleep has long gone :) thks for the welcome msg guys,you'll be hearing from me from this part of asia more this coming weekend...cheers!!!
roll out the cannons against hull dis wikend
That Nick Bendtner out-take interview's really funny!
has to be our full team they need the practice great mixture of youth players ye have, an have no fear of playin no pressure jus play footie
sorry we have newcastle
Is normal TV going to be showing highlights or goals?
Michael, MUST go to the match in the fourth round!!
After this preformance there, is no way one of the big networks doesn't pick up the Arsenal Carling Cup game!
Yeah Gkid, and there's no Gooner in London who'll miss the next CC game anymore!! (Still hitting myself!) Hey hey highlights on Sky Sports News now!!
Whoa Vela's 1st goal! So Eduardo-esque!!
u guys r lucky.dnt know how im gonna c it in nigeria
what a great game and it only cost me a well spent, i knew we would smash was like playing against dads army the utd was made to look so old
fran merida
Yeah ATVO is well worth the 4 pounds/month. Showing the full game now! :)
Not trying to get under anyone's skin but your kids are undeniably good in the Carling Cup but I have to ask - when was the last time they won the FA Youth Cup or their Reserve League? Why are they so different in the Carling Cup??
FU, Reserves League's not easy to win, not least bcos we keep using the kids, while some teams use more established players. Youth Cup we did come quite close (reaching semi-final in 2007, don't remember 2008, but if I remember correctly, it's your kids who knocked ours out). They're not "different" in CC but I guess the sheer possibility of pushing for a first-team place for real would provide great motivation. If they performed well in FAYC or RL, it's still not enough. But if they shine in the CC, they would indeed get more games in the FAC/PL/CL (in that order), because they saw how Kolo, RvP, Cesc, Clichy and even "oldie" Almunia came through. Wenger's very true to his word this year, the bench's even younger, with no "insurance policies", no Cesc or even Denilson there.
"shud we fire wenger if arse win nothing again hmmmmmmmmmmm" Arsene should get fired? 123spurs, if any manager should get fired, it's Oneday Ramos. Seriously, do you troll here to forget about your pitiful club?
Sheffield Utd manager Kevin Blackwell said, "That side could play in the Premier League. It was like trying to swat a fly and we couldn’t catch them. I asked Arsène at the end if I could borrow 11 for Saturday."
now thats a man who knows how to take it when he deserves it

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