Dennis defends cup youngsters

Dennis Bergkamp
- Dennis Bergkamp -
"..they will learn from it"


Dennis Bergkamp has vowed he will be fit for the big game against Tottenham this weekend and echoed Arsene Wenger's thoughts that the 5-0 defeat by Chelsea will benefit the young players.

Bergkamp, nursing his way back to fitness after a niggling back injury, played the first hour of the Worthington Cup game before being replaced by new Argentinian loan-signing Fabian Caballero.

Bergkamp, though, is not concerned that morale could have been dented as Arsenal slipped to their heaviest home defeat for 73 years.

The Dutch striker said: "I don't think there is any relevance between the match against Chelsea and the game with Tottenham.

"It will be a different team in a different competition. There is no comparison between the two matches.

"We had a lot of young players on the field against Chelsea and, although they were feeling very down after losing like that, they will learn from it.

"It is also important to remember that almost the same side beat Derby in the last round. Chelsea were too strong and too experienced for us.

"To be honest, the scoreline doesn't mean anything, whether it was 1-0 or 5-0. The supporters will feel bad but I hope they understand Saturday will be a different game."

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