Wenger proud of Gunners
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he always had the utmost faith in his young stars.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he always had the utmost faith in his young stars, but never thought they would hit six against Liverpool at Anfield.
Both sides played just two of their players who contested the FA Cup tie at the weekend but Arsenal still went through - only in much more emphatic style this time around.
Arsenal's young side secured a 6-3 victory over their Liverpool counterparts and a beaming Wenger was proud of his troops.
"My players are young, talented and they work very hard in training with the experienced players," said Wenger.
"I didn't expect us to score six before the game. I thought we had a chance to qualify but I didn't expect so many goals."
Julio Baptista made his first real impact in an Arsenal shirt as he banged in four of the goals - an amazing feat for a visiting player at Anfield.
"I have always believed it is in there with Julio," said Wenger.
"I always believed in him, he is a mentally strong boy and has a very good team attitude."
Baptista should have really had five goals as he had a penalty saved by Jerzy Dudek, but he was still delighted with his special achievement.
"Today is very special for me and for Arsenal," said Baptista.
"The team played a very, very strong game and after the match we're happy."
Central defender Johan Djourou said Arsenal were relaxed as a side after their FA Cup victory, and was also thrilled with the manner of the victory.
"It was very good, we were very relaxed today in the game and I think we did very well to win 6-3 with such a young team," said Djourou. "It was great.
"We showed that even though it was a young side we've got great quality.
"Julio is a great player. He's taken time to adapt but he's shown he's got great quality."