Emmanuel Frimpong believes he and Francis Coquelin can stand up to Manchester City's midfield if they are on their game tonight.

Arsenal's Carling Cup opponents have impressive strength in depth with Nigel de Jong, Yaya Toure and Owen Hargreaves just three of Roberto Mancini's options in the engine room at Emirates Stadium.

But Frimpong and Coquelin have already helped to see off Shrewsbury Town and Bolton Wanderers in this season's competition and the tenacious 19-year-old believes that Arsenal's 2009 Youth Cup-winning midfield can prevail again.

"It’s going to be a tough game, no doubt about it,” Frimpong told the Official Matchday Programme.

“If we win, we’ll have two more Carling Cup games and be on course to go all the way. It’s very important to try to win the competition this year, and go one better than last season - and on a personal level it’s important to get games under my belt.

"I think it’s going to be a very exciting tie, and hopefully we’ll get the right result. Whoever City put out, they’ll have good players in the midfield. But regardless of the players we’re up against, I think Francis and I can perform against anyone if we’re at our best on the day.”

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