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Young Gunners get another chance to shine

November 11, 2008
By Soccernet staff

Arsene Wenger will again be playing his young talent in Tuesday night's Carling Cup game against Wigan Athletic.

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Arsenal have come close to winning the competition in recent seasons, reaching the final in 2007, despite rarely fielding any first team regulars.

And Wenger will continue to blood his young stars after the emergence of players like Francesc Fabregas in the competition.

"You will see 90% of the team who played against Sheffield United in the last round,'' Wenger said. "We will keep faith in our philosophy and we will not change it now. That is very important for the club. All the young players need to show how good they are.''

Carlos Vela is certain to start and there may be a first appearance for Amaury Bischoff after joining the club on a free transfer in the summer.

Gunners fans will also be eager to cast their eyes over Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Henri Lansbury, Gavin Hoyte, Abu Ogogo, Mark Randall and Emmanuel Frimpong.

Meanwhile, Manuel Almunia has been given the all-clear to resume training after recovering from a head injury suffered against Manchester United on Saturday.

The Arsenal goalkeeper got a kick from Michael Carrick midway through the second half and although he tried to stay on the field, was substituted in the 78th minute.

"He went to hospital but he is perfectly all right now,'' Wenger added. "He was in today and should train either Wednesday or Thursday.''

Almunia's next game is likely to be the Premier League clash with Aston Villa at the weekend.