Play Fantasy Arsene Wenger: Which young Guns would you pick to face Sheffield United?

Those of us lucky enough to have a ticket for the Arsenal Carling Cup clash against Sheffield United tonight could be about to witness something special, with manager Arsene Wenger hinting that he might field the youngest team in the club's history.

The competition has seen Arsene's young Guns reach the final and semi final in the last two seasons and excitement among us Gooners is palpable as arguably the most promising squad of scholars to date near maturity.

In his pre-match interview yesterday, Le Gaffer named only a handful of players over the age of 20: Lukasz Fabianski (23), Johan Djourou (21), Alex Song (21) and Nicklas Bendtner (20) although, if they are close to fitness, I wouldn't mind seeing some of our recovering stars such as Amaury Bischoff (21), Abou Diaby (22) and Mikael Silvestre (56) getting some pitch time.

But the Gunners team tonight could include some of the most talked about teens in world football, with Jack Wilshere (16), Aaron Ramsey (17), Fran Merida (18) and Carlos Vela (19) all named by Wenger as potentially making the starting 11.

Other teenagers named by Le Boss as figuring in his thoughts for the visit of the Blades are Gavin Hoyte (18), Abu Ogogo (18), Mark Randall (18), Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (17) and the baby of the squad, 16-year-old Emmanuel Frimpong.

I'd be surprised if Henri Lansbury (17), Jay Simpson (19) and Kieran Gibbs (18) are not named in the squad, while it would be good to see Francis Coquelin (17) in action again, as the young Frenchman looked promising in pre-season action.

Of course there are a wealth of other starlets who could feature tonight - Luke Freeman, Rhys Murphy, Rui Fonte, Gilles Sunu, Paul Rodgers, Sanchez Watt, Kyle Bartley, Craig Eastmond and Anton Blackwood, to name but a few.

But Wenger will be wary about picking too inexperienced a team to face Sheffield United, as a poor result could hamper their development. The visitors have had a poor start to their Championship campaign, taking just eight points from seven games, so they'll be hoping to kick start their season tonight in the hope of an extended cup run.

Your guess is as good as mine as to who will play tonight, so feel free to share your thoughts here. For the record, here's who I'd like to see on the pitch at kick-off tonight:


Hoyte Song Djourou Gibbs

Randall Ramsay Merida Wilshere

Bendtner Vela