Kolo Toure believes the rollercoaster ride of Arsenal's Carling Cup Semi-Final will hold the young Gunners in good stead when they face Chelsea in Cardiff on Sunday.

Arsène Wenger's inexperienced team found themselves two goals adrift in the first half of the first leg at Tottenham but battled back to earn a draw. Then they found another gear when Spurs forced extra time in the return leg at Emirates Stadium.

Toure led by example throughout those North London encounters and admits that his team-mates' strength in adversity over both matches convinced him that the 'Young Guns' could go on to lift the trophy at the Millennium Stadium.

"I knew we could do it when we played against Tottenham and the game went to extra time," said Toure.

"We knew it would be really, really difficult but I saw Denilson play some great football, he was fighting for every ball and although I expected him to be tired he was really fit and doing his best. The whole team was fantastic.

"The character they showed at White Hart Lane proved they won't be intimidated on Sunday. Tottenham played a great game and we felt under pressure but we had a great response. Julio [Baptista] scored a fantastic goal and we finished the game strongly.

"As one of the senior players I didn't know if the young players would be tired or not but they weren't. They were focused and did a great job.

"They are really ready. You see them in training and they are focused. When they played Tottenham it was a tense game, very difficult, but players like Denilson and Abou Diaby were absolutely fantastic.

"The young guys have amazed me this season. They are improving and they listen to the senior players. They have proved themselves."



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