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Rupert Wyman 11th Nov 2008 - 10:52

Wenger's even younger kids to dazzle

You can't win anything with kids so the saying goes. Yet Arsene Wenger is a man of principle.

Wenger's Arsenal side have been criticised for lacking experience, but that has been the talk regarding his first choice Premier League line-up let alone his young reserves. Tonight Wenger will stick to his policy of playing the "kids" in the Carling Cup.

In the last round of the Carling Cup Wenger chose a side with an average age of just 19. But his team of youngsters came up trumps with a marvellous performance in a 6-0 annihilation of Sheffield United. Tonight in the fourth round the Gunners host fellow Premier League side Wigan at the Emirates.

Arsenal can be backed at 8/15 to progress past Wigan and into the fifth round. And if they play anywhere near like they did  in the last round you will be getting great value at this price. Steve Bruce's Wigan are 5/1 shots with the draw at 3/1.

Bruce will be hoping that his players manage to at least keep the score down. Otherwise the young Gunners could make it appear as if some of the Latics' players had been helping themselves to some complimentary pints courtesy of the Cup sponsors.

If you think that Arsenal will make the Wigan players appear drunk then another 6-0 Arsenal victory is available at 80/1. Although in all likelihood that will probably be outside the reach of this talented side this time around. 3-0 looks a more likely proposition at 9/1.

A repeat of Carlos Vela's hatrick against Sheffield United is a 33/1 shot although unlikely of occurring again. But backing the Mexican striker to score at odds of 13/8 looks to be a winner.


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