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Manchester City


Carling Cup Third Round
City of Manchester Stadium
October 27, 2004

Can Arsenal win at Manchester City in the Carling Cup with a team half-full of youngsters? Well, it has happened before. Five years ago Arsène Wenger took a youthful Gunners side to the City of Manchester Stadium and left with a 2-1 victory.

Robin van Persie scored his first Arsenal goal with 12 minutes left to give the visitors a deserved lead and a deft pass from Cesc Fabregas set up a second for Danny Karbassiyoon in stoppage time - the American finding the net just eight minutes after emerging from the bench for his debut.

Robbie Fowler replied almost immediately but Arsenal held on to take their place in the Fourth Round. Our FreezeFrame image shows Karbassiyoon celebrating his goal with Seb Larsson and Van Persie can be seen in the background.

The memories of that night should encourage Arsenal's players and supporters as they head north this evening but things are very different at City now. Shaun Wright-Phillips is the only survivor from the side which lined up a little over five years ago and, with all due respect to the 2004 vintage, he is now surrounded by stars.

But as Arsenal's youngsters have shown time after time: the Carling Cup can be a springboard for greatness. Van Persie and Fabregas were finding their feet five years ago but are established stars now. What price Craig Eastmond and Jack Wilshere following in their footsteps - starting tonight?


Arsenal team: Almunia, Hoyte, Cygan, Senderos, Larsson, Pennant (Djourou 89), Fabregas, Flamini, Smith (Owusu-Abeyie 61), Van Persie, Lupoli (Karbassiyoon 82). Subs not used: Taylor, Cregg,

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