Arsene Wenger confident of beating Chelsea with young stars

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Arsene Wenger says he is confident Arsenal can beat Chelsea in the Capital One Cup tonight, despite his intention to field a weakened line-up.

Arsenal haven't won a trophy in eight years but look in good shape to end that run this season.

The Gunners sit on top of the Premier League after nine games, with their latest league win coming against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

With a run of difficult games coming up against the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool, the Arsenal boss is likely to rest key stars such as Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere, but insists he is still targeting a win against Chelsea.

"The team will be a mixture, with some players who are at the moment not getting the games they need and deserve, and also one or two young players," he said.

"I have to get that mixture right and I will leave myself time to decide how I do that."

He added: "What we want to do is to show that we want to be considered as a very strong team and that comes only with the way we play and with the results, so let's just focus on that. We will absolutely go for this game."

One Arsenal player who could could get a rare start is Nicklas Bendtner, who has played just two minutes in the Premier League this season having seen a move to Palace collapse over the summer.

"Nicklas has been away for a lot of time and he was half - when I say half I mean 80 per cent - out of the club," Wenger explained. "In the end, he decided to stay and I stopped him from going.

"I must say, he responded in a positive way and that is what we want from him now. I believe he is physically ready, a very good player and if his concentration is 100 per cent to commit himself to the cause he will be a great asset for us. But that is what you want from him in this game."

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is unhappy with the prospect of facing Arsenal little more than 48 hours after taking on Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.

Arsenal, having played on Saturday afternoon, have had a slightly longer turn-around, and Wenger believes it is key for his side to win games like these in order to maintain momentum which could ultimately aid his side's pursuit of the league title.

"This is a good opportunity for us to show we are ready," he said.

"I'm not sure it will affect the Premier League at all, but you know people will look at you, how you behave and whether you can win the big games like that.

"What is for sure is you that you want to win these sort of games. That has a certain psychological influence on the team."

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