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Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 January 2007, 23:38 GMT
Young Gunners to get final chance
Arsene Wenger
Wenger was delighted with his youngster's display against Spurs
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists he will deploy his youngsters again in the Carling Cup final against Chelsea after his side beat Spurs in the semi-final.

The likes of Theo Walcott, Denilson and Justin Hoyte played their part in a dramatic 3-1 extra-time win over their rivals and Wenger said: "They did well.

"Our young team has improved a lot, in mental strength as well as quality.

"Now we want to go on and win it. I will play the right mixture but involve all the players who have got us here."

However, Wenger did not rule out playing the likes of Tomas Rosicky, Cesc Fabregas and Gilberto Silva again when they travel to the Millennium Stadium.

"The senior players were very important for us tonight," said Wenger. "We needed to be mentally strong after they equalised and, after a brief wobble, we came through.

Our focus now must turn to our other challenges

Martin Jol

"Fabregas and Rosicky, in particular, gave us that extra edge to keep the ball and make that final pass and they made a big difference.

"I will think about the right combination for the final but my young players have earned this opportunity for the club and I want to give them a chance to finish it."

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Spurs boss Martin Jol admitted his side's focus must now be on their other cup endeavours, as well as attempting to qualify for Europe through the league.

The Dutchman has led the club to the last 16 of the Uefa Cup and FA Cup, while they are just five points off of sixth place in the league, and he said: "Our focus now must turn to our other challenges.

"It is is never okay to lose to Arsenal but I thought we fought well in difficult circumstances.

"We were a bit unfortunate with their second goal, Ricardo has lost his footing, and that did not make things any easier for us."

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