Arsenal "Kids" Destroy Sheffield Utd In League Cup Rout

Farooq AhmedCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2008

Arsenal looked stunning Tuesday night in a magnificent 6-0 victory over the clueless Sheffield United. One of the youngest ever Arsenal teams—with two 16-year-olds, Jack Wilshire and Emmanuel Frimpong—named in the squad.

A week where tempers between Arsene Wenger and Uefa president Michel Platini flared ends well for the Gunners.

Mexican international Carlos Vela completed a man of the match performance with a very classy hat-trick, look out for his lovely chip-shot over Paddy Kenny in the Sheffield goal. Nicklas Bendtner opened the scoring from 20 yards on the night with the first and easily slotted in the second.

Jack Wilshere, the 16-year-old, also got himself on the score sheet at the Emirates —making him one of the youngest ever players to score in the League Cup.

Wenger is renowned his focus on youth development, the Carling Cup competition is traditionally used it to integrate his young guns into the Arsenal first team. Alex Song and Johan Djourou provided the experience, both at 21 years of age.

Fran Merida, dubbed the next Cesc Fabregas, played outstandingly well on his full Arsenal debut creating a goal and dominating the midfield throughout the game.

Arsenal looked great tonight in front of around 56,000 fans, another exciting League Cup run looks like it is on the tables, lets just hope it doesn’t end like it did last season. Men against boys, but reversed.