Arsène Wenger had "not the slightest temptation" to chose his star names for the Carling Cup Final on Sunday.

After qualifying for Cardiff, the Arsenal manger vowed to stick with the youngsters and squad players who had beaten the likes of Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham in the previous rounds. That meant Thierry Henry, Freddie Ljungberg, Jens Lehmann and William Gallas would all miss the game at the Millennium Stadium.

It was suggested Wenger's stance had weakened since the Semi-Final because he refused to completely discount his stars from being involved.

He explained: "People asked me what would be the team three weeks before the game but when you play every three days it is very difficult to say that Henry would not play because Adebayor, Aliadiere and Baptista could be out. You have to put out 11 players who have a chance to win the game.

"But Aliadiere, Adebayor, Baptista and the others are OK so I had not the slightest temptation [to play the stars].

"I have full confidence in these players and I like to do what I say."



8/1 - Carling Cup Final: One-nil to the Arsenal


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