Burnley v Arsenal Carling Cup Tuesday, December 02, 2008, 19:45 So tonight’s game is getting closer and here’s a bit more Burnley for you… We’ve announced our 18 man squad and here’s the squad in full: 12 Carlos VELA 16 Aaron RAMSEY 18 Mikael SILVESTRE 19 Jack WILSHERE 21 Lukasz FABIANSKI (GK) 24 Vito MANNONE (GK) 26 Nicklas BENDTNER 28 Amaury BISCHOFF 35 Francis COQUELIN 40 Kieran GIBBS 41 Gavin HOYTE 42 Henri LANSBURY 43 Fran MERIDA 47 Mark RANDALL 49 Paul RODGERS 50 Jay SIMPSON 51 Rene STEER 56 Emmanuel FRIMPONG It looks like Arsene will play Hoyte at right back with either Rene Steer or Paul Rodgers to play along side Mikael Silvestre.
The Carling Cup has provided Arsene with a competition in which to introduce our younger players to the competitive environment, where each game is like a cup game and each win is silverware. The younger players know they have to do well in this competition to have a chance of edging closer to the first team and I really do expect them to turn over the Burnley team tonight. I know I shouldn’t expect with kids, but it’s too hard not too. Arsene’s been speaking on the competition:
“The Carling Cup is the first real competition test. You may know that the player is good in the youth teams and training but then it is about how he performs on the big stage, with that pressure and on television. When every fight for the ball is hard, that is when you see if yes he can make it or no, he doesn’t have a big chance. “The players who play in the Carling Cup know that they can play at any minute in the Premier League. For me I don’t make a big difference I just use this competition to give those players that I believe have the potential to play in the Premier League but need experience.”Tonight we will see Merida play once again on the left hand side of midfield and I think it’s a somewhat unfamiliar position for him. In the last game, he was more effective when he came inside, and is definitely a talent. On a comparison with Cesc, Arsene said:
“[Being compared to Fabregas] is a big task as well but I think he has a similar talent. You see in training and in the first team, he is always an asset. But at the moment in the Premier League you need power and I feel Fran is a late developer physically, but I do think he will come on.”It’s going to be exciting, no doubt, a big test for the youngsters… Good luck boys, any win tonight will do!]]>