By Richard Clarke

Gael Clichy believes Arsenal are more than capable of coping with their current injury problems and fixture congestion.

Arsène Wenger is currently without six first-team players and, after losing Julio Baptista in the 1-1 draw with Bolton at Emirates on Sunday, the manager even suggested he might reverse his decision not to go into the transfer market. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that his side have been playing two games a week for most of the last three months.

For Clichy this situation is nothing new and, he argues, this season's Carling Cup run has shown the Club has plenty of potential in reserve.

"In the last two years we have had a lot of injuries and always coped with it," he said.

"We played at Tottenham a few days ago with a team whose average age was 21. So, we have shown everyone that even in the Reserves we have quality. We have the players to make the injured ones relax and recover well. We just hope that they come back and [in the meantime] we'll try our best to stay in all the competitions.

"The Premiership and the Champions League are the two first objectives. But when you play for a team like Arsenal or Chelsea or Manchester United or whatever big team you have to win something.

"We have to go as far as we can and I'm sure with the quality we have got we can make something happen this season in the Carling Cup, FA Cup, Champions League or Premiership.

"We have seen against Liverpool and Tottenham this season that even the young players can do great. That's part of the game. You have to keep rotating the team and I think that is what the boss is going to do."

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Richard Clarke 29 Jan 2007