Before the journalists latched onto Arsenal’s relatively empty trophy cabinet, Gooners could look forward to a League Cup campaign where the potential future of the side were given a taster of what to expect if their dreams came true and their hard work came to fruition.
It was exciting to watch these young players literally fighting to impress the boss and show him that they were made of the right stuff. So often, they produced results that suggested they were more than ready for the step up for the first team and fans who turned up to watch them normally enjoyed ninety minutes packed with incident.
Then, the obsession about ending the ‘trophy drought’ began. Seasons passed and with every one, Wenger was forced to slowly fill his normally fledgling team with more and more established stars in League Cup games.
That is, until the silverware returned to Arsenal.
This season, Arsene Wenger has the luxury of once more giving a lucrative chance to youngsters desperate for a whiff of first team action. Gooners will again be able to enjoy a trip to a possible future – players who, if they apply themselves and show that their talent is allied with a work ethic and patience – can be a potential lynchpin to the side in a few seasons.
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