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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 March 2006, 06:47 GMT 07:47 UK
Wenger hails young Arsenal stars
Juventus midfielder Patrick Vieira (left) and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
Patrick Vieira's Juventus side were outplayed by Arsenal
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his young team have even more to offer after outplaying Juventus in a stunning 2-0 Champions League win at Highbury.

"I believe we will finish the job in the second leg in Italy but there is still a lot to come," said Wenger.

"We have to keep our feet on the ground and keep our football simple.

"That is what the boys do and they can do better. They are not inhibited. There is quality in this team and they are good to watch."

It was a miserable return to Highbury for former Gunners midfielder Patrick Vieira, who was dispossessed at the start of the move that led to Arsenal's opening goal and later picked up a booking that rules him out of the second leg.

Vieira's replacement at the London club, Cesc Fabregas, scored Arsenal's opener and had a superb game but Wenger added: "It wasn't my target tonight to justify selling Patrick.

If you let Fabregas play he can kill a team
Arsenal captain Thierry Henry

"He is a tremendous player and you never lose a player like that without suffering a bit.

"But another team was born and is growing slowly. Football is like that."

Arsenal, who have had a largely disappointing domestic season, knocked out Spanish giants Real Madrid in the last round and Wenger believes that may have been a turning point for his players.

"For a long time we needed to adjust to the Premiership to find confidence," said the Frenchman.

"The win against Real Madrid may have helped us but football is fragile. You have to be cautious. One unexpected defeat and you are back again."

Wenger's only regret from a rousing night at Highbury was that Arsenal did not score more.

"I felt there was one more goal in the game for us," he stated.

"I'm very happy with the performance of the team and the togetherness. There was also fluency and speed and the technical quality was very high in patches."

The tie is still alive and my team need a big game in Turin
Juventus boss Fabio Capello

Thierry Henry set up Fabregas to open the scoring, with the Spaniard returning the favour for the Gunners captain to make it 2-0 in the second half.

Henry said: "Cesc is doing extremely well. If you let him play he can kill a team.

"I think you see more of him when we play five in middle. He knew today that he had Gilberto behind him. He knows when to go into the box, when to join and when he has time on the ball."

Juventus coach Fabio Capello was unhappy with his team's discipline but believes they can still win the tie.

Mauro Camoranesi and Jonathan Zebina were both dismissed in the final 10 minutes after picking up second yellow cards.

"What annoyed me were the two expulsions," said Capello. "The tie is still alive and my team need a big game in Turin.

"In the first half we played as well as Arsenal until we conceded the goal but after the goal they got better.

"It's difficult to play against a team with 10 players behind the line of the ball. There was no space for us."

News conference: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Interview: Arsenal's Thierry Henry

Interview: Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas

Arsenal 2-0 Juventus
28 Mar 06 |  Europe


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