By Chris Harris

Mikael Silvestre believes that tonight's trip to Manchester City represents an opportunity as well as a challenge for Arsenal's youngsters.

Arsène Wenger has named eight teenagers in his squad for the Carling Cup Quarter-Final at Eastlands with at least two of those - Craig Eastmond and Jack Wilshere - earmarked for a starting place by the manager.

Silvestre will be the 'daddy' of the team once again and he is bracing himself for a tough test against Mark Hughes' expensively-assembled team. But the Arsenal defender has urged his young team-mates to make the most of their chance to shine.

"It is going to be harder because the pressure will be higher against us but we have to use it and stay positive and believe we can get a win up there," Silvestre told Arsenal TV Online.

"I think the youngsters have got a fantastic chance here to be part of the Club because the facilities are fantastic, the training ground and the stadium too, and they have a chance to play because that is the strategy of the manager and the Club.

"They have got everything in their hands now."

Subscribers can now watch the entire interview with Mikael on Arsenal TV Online. He discusses:

  • the wins over West Brom and Liverpool
  • training with the younger players
  • what he was like when he was their age
  • being the ‘daddy' of the Carling Cup side
  • a step up in class at Eastlands
  • Arsenal's prospects of winning the trophy
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2 Dec 2009