Wenger sticks with cup policy

Arsenal boss rings changes for Carling Cup tie

Wenger: All change

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Arsene Wenger says he will stick with policy of fielding fringe players in the Carling Cup tie with Blackburn Rovers.

"We use the competition for our players to grow up - but not only to grow up. It is also to show they are good enough to play in the Champions League and the Premier League"

Arsene Wenger

Quotes of the week

The Arsenal boss confirmed he will field a much-changed side from the one which defeated Chelsea on Sunday for the quarter-final clash at Ewood Park on Tuesday night.

"The Carling Cup is more of a squad game, because we decided as a squad to go for every single trophy," Wenger told the club's official website.

"Many players that didn't play against Chelsea will play at Blackburn on Tuesday night.

Good opportunity

"My expectation is to qualify and go into the semi-finals, because we want to

come back as well as we did last year and as well it is a good opportunity for

my squad to show how strong the players who didn't play against Chelsea are.

"I believe in them, and it is good (for the fringe players) to show me 'we

knock at the door and we want to play in the first team'.

"We use the competition for our players to grow up - but not only to grow up.

It is also to show they are good enough to play in the Champions League and the Premier League.

"I believe as well what is fantastic is to see these players respond under the

pressure of Premier League teams, and you can detect who is ready and who is not ready."

Sidelined

Emmanuel Eboue looks set to be sidelined for a couple of weeks after picking up an injury against Chelsea but Theo Walcott could be back in contention.

Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner is likely to lead the attack, and Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is also set to figure.

Wenger added: "Lukasz is a very impressive goalkeeper with tremendous

qualities. I like his intelligence, his physical attributes and his agility - he

is a very impressive goalkeeper.

"For me, he does already [challenge for a first-team place] because the other

goalkeepers practise with him - and they see how good he is."