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Wenger: We can win cup
19 Dec 2007 - 07:36:34
Arsene Wenger believes his side can go one better than last year and win the Carling Cup following their quarter-final victory over Blackburn Rovers.
The Gunners, who were beaten finalists last year, claimed their place in the last four after a thrilling 3-2 extra-time victory at Ewood Park on Tuesday.
The Frenchman named his customary youthful line-up in the competition and afterwards talked up their chances of lifting the League Cup for the first time since 1993.
Arsenal will play either Everton, Tottenham or holders Chelsea in the semi-finals.
"We want to win it and we can," he said. "We came close last year when we lost in the final and now we have two interesting games in the semi-finals.
"It was a mental test and we stood up to it. It was a great game and we dominated football-wise in the first half.
"We played our combination game - technically very good and very agile.
"Just before half-time, Blackburn came back to 2-1 and that gave them the belief that they could come back in the second half.
"I felt that made the game more physical and they got it back to 2-2 from a free-kick.
"From then it was a mental test and we stood up to it."