The future looks bright

If the Arsenal reserves keep playing like this, Gooners everywhere may start clamoring (if they aren’t already) for the likes of Wilshere, Vela, Simpson, Ramsey, and Djourou to get regular starts at the first team level. Despite having an average age of 19, this group played with poise, style, confidence, and genuinely appeared to be enjoying themselves as they beat a full-strength Wigan Athletic side, 3-0, tonight in the fourth round of the Carling Cup.

Sure, there were a few nervy moments, including an apparent Djourou handball in the box, but Wigan’s pleas fell on deaf ears. Jay Simpson put two past goalie, Chris Kirkland, and Carlos Vela added a third. Had it not been for an in-form Kirkland making several key saves, the young Gunners might have equalled the six goals they put past Sheffield United in their previous Carling Cup match.

Arsenal’s first team faces Aston Villa in league play this weekend. Le Boss could do a lot worse by having some of the reserve squad on the substitutes bench.

Finally, isn’t ironic that, after years of being maligned about destroying the fabric of the English game with his use of foreign players, Arsene Wenger may have the biggest impact on the national side with his development of some fine, young English players.

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