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Wenger hails youth policy
Arsenal's boss is likely to continue his youth policy in the League Cup.
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2007 14:14 GMT

Arsene Wenger: Currently spoilt for choice [Getty/Galo]

Arsene Wenger is likely to reward his young Arsenal stars with a spot in the League Cup semi-final team against arch rivals Tottenham after Julio Baptista's  four goals helped the Gunners seal a stunning 6-3 win at Liverpool.
Brazilian striker Baptista, on a season-long loan from Real Madrid, also missed a penalty as Arsenal became the first visiting team to score six at Anfield since Sunderland won 6-0 in 1930.

The performance of youngsters such as Theo Walcott, Denilson, Alexandre Song, Johan Djorou and Jeremie Aliadiere proved too much  for Liverpool and Wenger insists he has no fears about using the  kids against Spurs in the two-legged semi-final.
 
"I am highly tempted to play the youngsters against Spurs in the semi-final. They have beaten Liverpool, they won at Everton and they also beat West Brom, so they have earned the right,” he said.
  
"I always believed that we had the chance to win this game, but I did not expect to score six goals. But I was very pleased with the way we attacked, the fluency of our play and the way we kept our calm at 1-1. They just continued to go forward."
  
Further goals from Aliadiere and Song completed Arsenal's scoring, with Liverpool finding the net through veterans Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrard and Sami Hyypia.

No January sales

Wenger believes the strength throughout the current squad will keep him from shopping during the January transfer window.

"There are people inside the club that have worked very  hard, day and night, and the future of the club is very promising if  we can keep the players together,” he said.
  
"We have 20-22 players of top quality, so it is good for me because I can't make a mistake when I pick my team as they are all so good.
  
"When you are a manager, you sometimes have to give the players a chance and they are why I don't need to add to my squad in the transfer window."

The Beast
  
Baptista's goals were the 25 year old's first domestic strikes since arriving from Real Madrid last summer, but Wenger insists he has never doubted the Brazilian’s ability.

"We have always believed that Julio can deliver because I have been impressed by his mental strength and contribution as a team player,” he said.
  
"He scored four goals, but I also thought that Aliadiere was absolutely outstanding and the pair of them were excellent up front together."

"Bad result"
  
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, who also faces the loss Mark Gonzalez (shin) and Luis Garcia (knee) to potentially serious injuries, admitted that the defeat was one of the worst of his career.
  
"It's a bad result, but when you are a manager you get these upsets. You just have to try to forget as them as soon as possible,” the Spaniard said.
  
"We win together and we lose together and attack together as a team and defend as a team. We tried to do our best, but the only thing we can do now is say sorry to our fans because they were the best in the game.
  
"We worked very hard, but each time we conceded a goal it was very difficult to explain. We used a lot of players from the first-team squad and changed a lot of players from the weekend. We tried to have quality and play good football, but it's difficult when you concede so many goals."

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