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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 January 2007, 07:42 GMT
Wenger to stick with young stars
Arsenal youngster Justin Hoyte
Arsenal's youngsters sparked a second-half comeback
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has vowed to stick with his youngsters all the way to the Carling Cup final.

An inexperienced line-up fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against Spurs in the first leg of their semi-final.

"I think most of them will play next week because they have done well," said Wenger." There is a place in the final and they are ready to fight for it.

"They were in the competition since the start and they are still unbeaten. That's quality, not coincidence."

Tottenham took a 2-0 lead into the break thanks to a header from Dimitar Berbatov, who later went off injured with groin strain, and Julio Baptista's own goal.

Next week is a one off and we have nothing to lose

Spurs boss Martin Jol

But Arsenal fought back after the break through Baptista who made amends for his mistake with two close-range strikes.

"We were surprised by their start - they started well. We looked at that stage like we were lacking experience," said the Gunners manager.

"At half-time I tried to lift the young players who were feeling down.

"We showed in the second half that we have talent and made a great comeback. We could have got a third goal."

Tottenham boss Martin Jol remained confident about reaching the Carling Cup final despite the first-leg setback.

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"I felt we pressurised them in the first half, although maybe our second goal was a bit lucky," he said.

"But then they came back after the break and attacked us down the flanks and we began to look tired. Arsenal did play ever so well.

"However, we haven't lost. Next week is a one off and we have nothing to lose."



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