What the papers say: The kids are alright as Merida and Bendtner put Liverpool to the sword

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The Sun - Arsenal 2 Liverpool 1
FRAN MERIDA led Arsenal to a thrilling triumph and left his manager Arsene Wenger with a major headache.

The Mirror - Liverpool star Alberto Aquilani says Reds were robbed at Arsenal
Alberto Aquilani last night claimed Liverpool were robbed of a dramatic stoppage time penalty after Arsenal's kids stormed into the Carling Cup quarter finals for the seventh year running.

The Daily Mail Merida and Bendtner lead the young Guns into quarter-finals
The kids are alright, says the Who song that rang around the Emirates at the end of this match last night, and in Arsenal's case that would certainly seem to be the case. They were terrific against Liverpool and deserving of their place in the Carling Cup quarter-finals. 

ENGLAND boss Fabio Capello saw Arsenal and Liverpool serve up Carling Cup crackers at the Emirates last night.

NICKLAS BENDTNER was top of the class as he hit the goal which sunk Liverpool and took Arsenal’s kids into the Carling Cup quarter-finals.

The Times - Arsenal youngsters shine brightly again
A distinguished Liverpool old boy once said that teams “win nothing with kids”, but, if the Merseyside club’s fifth defeat in six matches told us anything, it was that their resources at youth level still cannot match those at Arsenal, who swaggered into the Carling Cup quarter-finals for the seventh successive season thanks to goals from Fran Mérida and Nicklas Bendtner.  

The Independent - Aquilani's flying start fails to halt Merida and his young guns
As the epic-style banner in The Kop says of Liverpool's new Italian, "A hero will rise" – but they forgot to mention that first Alberto Aquilani had to play in the Carling Cup fourth round. The £20m man made his Liverpool debut last night and he could not stop Rafael Benitez's team being dumped out the competition.

The Daily Telegraph - Arsenal 2 Liverpool 1
It is part of the lexicon in north London that 'Arsène knows’ and Wednesday night will have done little to dissuade disciples of Arsenal. With all eyes on the arrival in English football of Alberto Aquilani for Liverpool, it was another, rather cheaper, midfielder – Fran Mérida – whose presence lit up the Emirates and tipped the scales in favour of Arsenal.

The Guardian - Nicklas Bendtner strikes for Arsenal to remind Liverpool of the joys of youth
The sheer zest of these players flooded a fourth-round Carling Cup tie with consequence. Arsenal were more incisive over the course of the night and deserved the victory.

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