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Wenger to stick with youth
01 Feb 2007 - 07:30:51
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has vowed to keep faith with the youngsters that guided the Gunners to the Carling Cup final following Wednesday's 3-1 extra-time last four success over Tottenham.
The Frenchman has remained loyal to his younger players during a successful run to the Millennium Stadium with Emmanuel Adebayor, Jeremie Aliadiere and Tomas Rosicky scoring in the second leg of the semi-final to set up a 5-3 aggregate victory.
Wenger's decision means Thierry Henry is likely to miss out on a starting berth in the final, but the proud Arsenal chief believes the side he will send out to face Chelsea should reward the players who have competed so well in the competition this season.
He said: "I will try to find the right mixture of young and experienced players again.
"There was not one boring game with this team - from West Brom to tonight.
"They play with mental strength and resilience. I'm proud of them and they deserve to be in the final.
"It's fantastic to see that at such a young age people can cope with the pressure and they showed great heart.
"They say life is too easy for young boys but they showed they are highly motivated, quality players who want to win and are ready to fight."