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How was Song? Did he look promising for the future? AW singled out him and Denilson for special praise. I thought Fran was likely to feature
Wenger: "I've got plenty of boys who have a lot of spirit and they showed that tonight. I thought Denilson and Alexandre Song, in particular, were excellent. I have always wanted to use this competition to give my young players experience. We were playing a good side and it could have affected their confidence to go out at such an early round but they came through very well."
Song played well a couple of wayward passes in the first 15-20 mins but they all looked a little tentative at first.
But once they warmed up they were the only team that looked likly to win.
It was unfortunate that adebayor got the injury, but we brought on armand traore and he seemed to give young connolly more help, which he did need as the 2 quickest in the west brom team were on his side of the pitch.
It was a very eye catching and from our point of veiw a good work out for the younger lads.
Today i have spoken to west brom mates who were at the match and they are feeling quite downcast, as they feel the gulf in class was enormous, mostly when you consider that they only had made 4 changes to the team that stuffed the wolves.
And that was an arsenal team of real youth the majority being 19yrs or under, and there team had mostly played in the prem but were second to most balls and run ragged all night chasing shadows.
they reckon that they will win promotion to the prem but unless there board spend loads and buy a new 11 they might win 4/5 games at most
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The best thing seems to be that everyone at the club, all the way down to the Academy, now plays exactly the same way. It's like you just name team, whoever is available, and they'll go out and play attractive, pacey football. Who knows, maybe WBA will win promotion and then stay up. Maybe the kids last night will turn out to be better than the first teamers.
What was your impression of Denilson then? How big is he?