By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger believes that Arsenal do not get enough credit for their impressive Carling Cup record.

For the past decade, the Frenchman has used the competition to blood his young players. Initially the ploy met with criticism but, in time, other major English clubs followed suit.

And of course, Arsenal have been one of the most consistent Carling Cup performers. They have not won it but in the last seven seasons they have reached the Final once, the Semi-Finals three times and the Quarter Finals twice.

Tonight they visit Burnley, again in the last eight.

“I believe that the Club doesn’t get enough credit for that record,” said Wenger.

“We have always stayed faithful to our policy and we have always done well.

“I still believe it is very unfair that, even with the quality shown, when you get to the Quarter-Final, everybody wants you to kick [the youngsters] out for the experienced players.”

However, perhaps Arsenal’s record in the competition indicates that throwing in youngsters, while highly beneficial in their development, will only take you so far.

“It doesn’t matter,” Wenger replied when the idea was put to him. “For me, we know what we want from this competition and we stick to it.

“People say that we haven’t won the trophy [but] we have done really well in this competition considering that we use the competition in an educational way.”

League Cup campaigns under Wenger
Season Round reached

2008/2009

Quarter-Final *

2007/2008

Semi-Final

2006/2007

Final

2005/2006

Semi-Final

2004/2005

Quarter-Final

2003/2004

Semi-Final

2002/2003

Third Round

2001/2002

Quarter-Final

2000/2001

Third Round

1999/2000

Fourth Round

1998/1999

Fourth Round

1997/1998

Semi-Final

1996/1997

Fourth Round

* = Season competition not yet concluded.

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