By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger has praised the "great bond and determination" of his team ahead of Sunday's Carling Cup Final with Birmingham.

Since the ‘old guard' of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and company moved on to pastures new, the current generation have grown together and, on this season's showing, seem to be fulfilling their potential.

That potential could be realised this weekend with the opportunity to win a first trophy together and Wenger sees a team hungry for success.

"For me there are two characteristics of this team - the great bond and the great determination, great focus," said the manager.

"They have all been educated together and they have the advantage of a team that has grown together.

"It is a pleasure to work with them and it is not down to me to come out on who shouts, who doesn't shout, who laughs or doesn't laugh.

"I feel it is a team that is very young but very hungry, very focused, very respectful. I wouldn't say there are any individuals shouting more than others but there is a common understanding, a common bond, that comes out."

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