Arsenal have become well known for blooding young prospects in the Carling Cup and that was again the case at the Emirates Stadium last night.
But few could have expected the outstanding display that followed from the XI – whose average age was just 19 – as they defeated Championship Sheffield United.
Nicklas Bendtner grabbed two before the interval whilst 16-year-old Jack Wilshere scored his first senior goal for the club , But the star of the show was Mexico international Carlos Vela who bagged a brilliant hat-trick on his full debut.
Wenger had this to say
“The spirit, the individual performances, the team performance everything was right and you could see it was a great Arsenal performance,”
Wenger told Sky Sports News.
“I was very happy and very proud of the players tonight.”
“Of course he scored the goals but in every position everyone played well but he finished well, as did Bendtner,”
“You can see he is a clinical finisher when nobody expects him to be.”
“I integrated Wilshere into the first team sometimes last season when he was 15 and he did not look out of place and it is natural for him.”
“I was not surprised because I see them every day, but you never know on a big stage how they play.”
“They did that with the belief we want them to have and the spirit we want then to have.”
“Now for us the biggest challenge is to keep them together and slowly integrate them into the first team. Some have done that already.”
“When you are under immense pressure to buy in every transfer window, when you know that you have these players behind it would be killing the work we have done.”
“We want to win the trophy this season, whether Tottenham or anybody else comes along in the later rounds,”
“We can go all the way and win it. Why not?”
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