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Wealth of Talent at Arsenal Bodes Well for Future

In Arsenal’s Carling Cup semi-final match against Spurs this Wednesday, Arsene Wenger will probably feature some players that you’re not familiar with unless you’re a die-hard Arsenal fan. Just as he did last season, Wenger is using the Carling Cup to blood his youngsters into the first team with great success.

In fact, Arsene Wenger has groomed such a talented squad in North London that the Gunners could easily field three separate sides all with quality players. Essentially, Arsenal has an ‘A’ team, ‘B’ team and ‘C’ team. Take a look:

Arsenal ‘A’ Team:
arsenal a team formation Wealth of Talent at Arsenal Bodes Well for Future

Arsenal ‘B’ Team:
arsenal b team formation Wealth of Talent at Arsenal Bodes Well for Future
Arsenal ‘C’ Team:
Goalkeeper: Lukasz Fabianski
Defenders: Kerrea Gilbert, Johan Djourou, Gavin Hoyte
Midfielders: Fran Merida, Alexandre Song, Mark Randall, Henri Lansbury
Strikers: Theo Walcott, Nacer Barazite, Rui Fonte

Other than Portugese striker Rui Fonte, the rest of the Arsenal ‘C’ team have been featured in the Arsenal side this season either on the field or on the bench. Most of the ‘C’ team have played especially during Carling Cup matches.

Other than a possible departure for veteran goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, Arsene Wenger is poised to make no changes in the January transfer window. No players in. No players out. He really is a chairman’s dream manager.


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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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