Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is counting on their kids to handle tonight’s test against Liverpool.
Arsenal welcome Liverpool to Emirates Stadium for the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final, with the tie finely poised after a 0-0 draw at Anfield last week.
Arsenal have Wembley and a possible showdown with Chelsea next month firmly in their sights, and Arteta is dreaming of his young squad marking their revival by winning a trophy.
“We have the opportunity to get into a final, which is close to a title, against a big opponent, in our stadium, with our people, so we are very excited to play the game,” he said. “This is why we’re here, to bring success, to bring trophies and joy to our people and keep doing what historically this club has always done. That’s our aim.”
The fact this young team could reach a Wembley final in their first season together is not lost on Arteta.
“I can sense that excitement when they train and they are really looking forward to it,” he said yesterday.
“The majority of them haven’t experienced that (playing at Wembley). This is why you play football.
“This is why you want to play for this club. It is to be challenging for those titles, playing the kind of game that we have to play — and then go and win it. This is the best memory that you can have.”