“We had good connections when he was at Birmingham. Steve Bruce was always ready to take players from Arsenal because he knew what kind of players he would get and because they’d be ready to play for him. I don’t know [if he’ll ask for our players in January]. Maybe. Let’s first see how the players do against his team. Anyway Steve now has a bigger squad than he had at Birmingham. He has Antonio Valencia, Wilson Palacios, Amr Zaki plus all the players he had already like Emile Heskey and Paul Scharner. These are good players so that is maybe why he is less likely to be after our players than before.”And on our chances tonight, Arsene talked about the test and his will to win this competition.
“I would love to win the Carling Cup because I have never won it. We were very close twice and I want to get even closer. This game is a big test. If we get through I feel we can have a good chance to win it and I am confident we can do it. There is always a congestion around the later rounds [in the New Year] that is why we have to announce now that we’ll stick with the young players. Otherwise there is a huge demand at a period where you play so many competitions. If you are not ready to separate [the competitions] you get punished so I will stick with this squad no matter what happens.”Tonight’s game should be a classic… Speak later… Roll on the comments….]]>