By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger will keep faith with his tried and tested Carling Cup formula for the Quarter-Final at Manchester City on Wednesday night.

Traditionally in this competition, the Frenchman has fielded the cream of his up-and-coming talent plus a dash of experience.

So far this season, you could argue that Wenger has been able to put out slightly older teams than usual in the Carling Cup but, with injuries biting, the Arsenal manager is sticking with youth for the game at the City of Manchester Stadium.

“It will be a team that has a chance to win,” he told Arsenal TV Online on Tuesday. “But as well, I want to give a fair chance to those [young] players who have waited for this game.

“I believe we have a good mixture of experienced players and young players but we will play young players that is for sure. It will be a typical Carling Cup side. For example, you will see players like Craig Eastmond and Jack Wilshere.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal picked up one injury from the side beaten 3-0 by Chelsea. However that should not affect the squad for Saturday’s clash with Stoke City.

“From Sunday we lost Sagna,” he revealed. “It is an ankle problem but he should be OK for Saturday.” will publish the full squad for the Manchester City game on Wednesday morning.

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1 Dec 2009