Arsenal rookies worthy of Wenger’s pride

Carlos Vela and Jay Simpson celebrate
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger lavished praise on his gifted youngsters after they turned on the style to beat Wigan 3-0 in the Carling Cup.

“From the first to the last minute we looked really up for it. We had a relentless go. In the end it was a fantastic win.”

The margin of victory would have been greater but for an outstanding display by Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland.

“Under pressure they remain extremely calm and play always very good football. What they do on the pitch is not a coincidence, it is quality…

“They love it. When you are 17 and 18 and playing in front of 60,000 people, are you inhibited or do you play better? They have chosen the second solution because they have character.”

Wigan boss Steve Bruce was also glowing in his praise of Arsenal’s youngsters.

He said: “They were frightening on the night. The age of them. Arsene says it is the best crop of youngsters he’s had and when you think of the young players they have had in the past, that is some compliment.”

Thought I’d mention this in passing. [Har!] It was a pretty impressive match.

I can’t remember the last time I saw so many talented young players in one place, once time – one team. The match just flew by.

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