Wenger has faith in Carling Cup kids to find a place in Arsenal's first team

Arsene Wenger has claimed as many as eight youngsters who shone in the midweek Carling Cup victory over Wigan will graduate to Arsenal's first team.

The Gunners boss will revert to his first-team squad for tomorrow's visit of Aston Villa despite the ease with which his second string disposed of a full-strength Premier League side.

But Wenger expects players such as Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Jay Simpson to have long careers at Emirates Stadium. 

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Arsene Wenger

Helping hand: Wenger is confident many of Arsenal's
youngsters will graduate to the first team

He said: 'If you ask me how many will play at Arsenal in the Premier League I would say about seven to eight.

'That's because if you look at the team that played in the Carling Cup Final two years ago, our midfield was at that time Theo Walcott, Denilson, Cesc Fabregas and Abou Diaby and that was the midfield that started against Manchester United [last week] two years later.

Arsenal's Jay Simpson and Jack Wilshire

Young guns: Jay Simpson celebrates his goal against Wigan with Jack Wilshire

'There is Lukasz Fabianski, Alex Song and Johan Djourou who are ready to play as much as all the others. You have Gavin Hoyte, Kieran Gibbs, Wilshere and Mark Randall who have a future at the English national level and Jay Simpson is a good goalscorer.'

Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has recovered from concussion sustained in the win over United, while Emmanuel Adebayor also returns to the squad to face Villa after missing the last three games with an ankle injury.

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