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Wenger defends selection
23 Jan 2008 - 08:20:54
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted he had no regrets over his team selection for the Carling Cup semi-final second leg, despite seeing his side thrashed 5-1 at Tottenham Hotspur.
The Gunners were routed at White Hart Lane and missed out on a chance of reaching a major Wembley final, but Wenger felt that he was right to leave the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Eduardo and Emmanuel Adebayor on the subs bench.
He said after the crushing defeat: "The only regret I have is to have played the players who should not have played.
"I'd rather have had a completely young side, but it was good for us to see.
"We go into every season with that priority in terms of the competition. They have potential.
"I feel that everything went against us. We were always running after the score, taking risks and being at risk to the counter.
"We were not mature enough to stop the counter-attacking.
"The score is very brutal, but doesn't reflect what I've seen on the pitch.
"The first shot on goal was a goal. The second was an own goal. The third was straight after half-time.
"After that, the game was over and they could focus on defending well and catching us on the break. I don't give too much meaning to the scoreline."