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Wenger's Arsenal not the only Gunners on show

When Thierry Henry struck twice to break the Gunners’ all-time goal-scoring record and secure a 2-0 away win over Sparta Prague two years ago, he was not the only Arsenal star to score that night.

For on a cold, rainy evening at Motspur Park, Neil Banfield’s reserves were busy beating their Fulham counterparts 3-1.

Jay Simpson, Marc Elston and a certain Nicklas Bendtner were on target on a night when Bendtner’s pedigree was drooled over by the Fulham scouts sitting next to me in the reporter’s gantry.

“How old is that tall blond lad?” one asked. “Where’s he from?”, enquired another. The Dane’s talent was already there for the world to see.

So when Arsenal are tackling Steaua Bucharest in Romania tonight, spare a thought for the Gunners’ second-string who travel to Tottenham, looking to emulate the senior team’s success at White Heart Lame earlier in the campaign. For the next generation of Young Guns will be on show and eager to impress.

Better still, if you fancy going along, the game is being played at Brisbane Road, home of Leyton Orient and tickets are temptingly priced.

Fran Merida, said to be the ‘next big thing’ to emerge from reserve-team football by none other than Spurs’ David Pleat, is due to make his first appearance since returning from Spain’s Under-17 squad.

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Posted by Mo Khan on October 2, 2007 12:55 PM in News
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