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By ESPN Staff

Arsenal skipper Henry bullish ahead of Cup final

Thierry Henry declared Arsenal have proved they 'have the capacity to beat anyone' in the Carling Cup.

The young Gunners have already proved worthy this season - having claimed away victories over West Brom, Everton and Liverpool before recovering from a slow start against Tottenham to defeat their north London rivals over two legs in the semi-finals.

Manager Arsene Wenger maintains he will 'adjust to the difficulty of the team we are playing' against Chelsea at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday.

Although Henry is one of several first-team regulars likely to be rested, the skipper has belief in the ability of the squad to produce another top-class display.

He said: 'Arsenal in the Carling Cup have the capacity to beat anyone.

'You know that winning at Everton is never an easy task and winning at Anfield is never an easy task - but they did it and did it in style.

'It is a competition we do not win very often at Arsenal and it is a great competition.

'When you look at the clubs who have won it, you know that teams take it seriously even though Arsene sometimes plays the kids.

'Of course it is exciting, Chelsea versus Arsenal, whoever is going to play.

'I will be there, cheering and will be in the dugout or something like that.

'The most important thing is to bring the trophy back for the fans.'

Wenger's plans at the moment are to keep faith with the men who have served him so well in the competition so far against the big-spending Blues on Sunday.

However, there is an outside chance Henry could feature on the bench, even though that has not been a trait of the Gunners boss with his talisman striker in the competition.

Henry said: 'Since I have been here I have never really played in the Carling Cup.

'I only played last season at home [in the semi-final] against Wigan because all the strikers were injured.'

Henry added: 'It would have been hard if the team was not playing well - but when you do win at Everton and Liverpool and knock out Tottenham in a semi-final, whoever did play you have to say they should play.'

Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann is suspended, so Manuel Almunia will continue to deputise.