By Declan Taylor
Arsène Wenger hopes Kieran Gibbs can draw upon his domestic Cup experience when he makes his full Champions League debut against Villarreal.
In the continued absence of Gael Clichy, 19-year-old Gibbs looks set to keep his place on the left of Arsenal’s defence against the Yellow Submarine on Wednesday night.
Wenger has long championed the blooding of his young players in the Carling Cup and the manager thinks that the left-back is a prime example of the strategy’s rewards.
“That’s where you see you are happy that you play these boys in the Carling Cup because they’ve played in games,” explained the Frenchman at Tuesday’s press conference.
“For example when we played against Wigan on Saturday he had already played against [Antonio] Valencia in the Carling Cup.
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