Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould has lauded the young Gunners who were an integral part of Arsenal’s Carling Cup campaign last season, and has backed manager Arsene Wenger to keep fostering their growth with more chances in the knockout competition in upcoming seasons.
Always a firm believer of fielding his youngsters and offering them a chance to prove their worth in the Carling Cup, the performances of the likes of Nico Yennaris, Ignasi Miquel, Oguzhan Ozyakup and Francis Coquelin were particularly pleasing to Wenger as the Gunners made an impressive run to the quarterfinals.
And despite suggesting that they could have gone a bit further in the competition, Bould said that he was delighted at the way the Academy players were being groomed at the Emirates, also praising head of youth department Liam Brady.
“The young players are a little bit disappointed they didn’t go a little bit further,” Bould told Arsenal Player. “But to have that many numbers involved is a credit to the whole Academy and the system that Liam Brady has put in place.”
Bould clearly put his weight behind the practice of backing youngsters to shine in the cup, and hoped that the club would keep with this tradition in the years to come.
Despite increased cries from fans demanding silverware at the Emirates, the Gunners’ assistant manager didn’t seem the least bit worried, insisting that the League Cup was a perfect opportunity to keep blooding the younger players.
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