Arsenal should take the Carabao Cup seriously this season, says former midfielder Ray Parlour.

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“There is no problem with that, it is good to give the youngsters game time and they have some very good youngsters at Arsenal – Reiss Nelson, (Ainsley) Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Emile Smith Rowe. It is great to see players like that come into the team.

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“But you can also see how important the competition is to teams like Manchester City and it is another trophy to talk about at the end of the season.

“It is a magnificent achievement to win any competition and for Arsenal and Unai Emery, and the rest of the top six, they should be – and probably will be – taking it seriously.

Arsenal lost the 2018 Carabao Cup final to Manchester City. Arsenal lost the 2018 Carabao Cup final to Manchester City. Arsenal lost the 2018 Carabao Cup final to Manchester City.

“There are a lot of games and you get injuries through the season so it is a bit about balancing the squad.”

Arsenal lost the final to Manchester City in 2018, Arsene Wenger’s final season at the helm, and now Parlour thinks it presents Emery with a good opportunity for his first silverware since replacing the Frenchman.

“The big teams have got bigger squads but it still baffles me when you get to the latter stages of any cup competition and rest players,” he added.

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“Arsenal fans would embrace another day out at Wembley and have a good time, as well as challenging to win the trophy – something Arsenal will be wanting to do, I’m sure.