As far as Philippe Senderos is concerned, Arsenal have a unique appeal for aspiring young footballers.

Arsène Wenger's reputation for nurturing youth prospects and giving them a chance at the top level has been reinforced this season by Arsenal's extraordinary run in the Carling Cup.

Ahead of Sunday's Final, Senderos heaped praise on the Frenchman whose policy has always been 'if you're good enough, you're old enough'.

"It is appealing for young players all over Europe and all over the world," he told Arsenal TV Online. "They know that a club like Arsenal gives a chance to young players if they are good enough.

"It is also a lot of hard work for [a young player] but that is what the boss has tried to build these last couple of years. He has tried to bring young players out and if you are good enough then you are going to play.

"He gives a chance for young players to develop and I am one of them. I came in at 18, he gave me the opportunity and that is what you want."

Arsenal's current crop of youngsters will face the ultimate test of their credentials this week when Chelsea provide the opposition at the Millennium Stadium. Senderos is not fazed by the prospect of facing the champions.

"They will put out a good side but we will concentrate on what we've done well this season. We will see what team they have when we get there but it is more about what we can do.

"We have been waiting for this opportunity and it has come this year. Now we have a great Final in front of us."

Subscribers can now hear the full audio interview with Philippe. In it he talks about: Arsenal's mentality in this competition, why he welcomes competition for places, morale in the camp after the defeat at PSV, the prospect of facing Didier Drogba again, assessing his own performances and his memories of the Millennium Stadium.



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