A Carling Cup triumph could be the catalyst for years of success at Emirates Stadium, according to Jack Wilshere.

The 18-year-old was man-of-the-match in the 4-1 win at Tottenham that started Arsenal on their road to Wembley and he was back in the Gunners' midfield for the Quarter-Final victory over Wigan after missing the Newcastle tie through suspension.

Ipswich lie in wait in the last four while the Carling Cup Final takes place ten weeks before the end of the season, in late February. Wilshere is confident that success in the competition would lift the pressure on Arsenal and spur them on to even greater glories.

“I really think it’d be massive for the confidence," he told the Official Arsenal Magazine.

"If you win that [the Carling Cup] in February then spirits are so high for the rest of the season, you can probably go on and do anything. I believe it’d start opening up – more and more would come.

"Everything looks open this season – we know anyone can beat anyone so we just need to win our games, see where we are later in the winter and then push on.

"Standards in the Premier League have improved – you see sides like Sunderland looking to become top teams now, attracting big players and developing good youngsters. There are so many teams around the edges now that are looking to push on, so consistency will be the key.”

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22 Dec 2010