Wenger: Cup victory would lift players
Arsene Wenger accepts his battle-weary Arsenal squad could do with the psychological boost of FA Cup victory at Premier League title rivals Manchester United on Saturday. It has not been the best couple of weeks for the Gunners, who suffered a last-minute shock League Cup final defeat to Birmingham at Wembley and were then dumped out of the UEFA Champions League by Barcelona in the Nou Camp.
However, Arsenal remain very much in the hunt for the domestic league and cup double following successive defeats for United which have left them only three points ahead at the top, but having played a match more and still to come to Emirates Stadium in May. Only one of the two title challengers, though, will be able to make it through to the Wembley semi-finals following Saturday's mouth-watering showdown at Old Trafford.
Wenger conceded his side - who will be without injured skipper Cesc Fabregas after he suffered a recurrence of a hamstring problem on his return to the Nou Camp - could do with something positive to reflect on. "We need it, I must say, because we need help. We have been touched severely recently and we are of course chasing after a win of that type," said the Arsenal boss.
"I have said since the start of the season that we will go for all of the competitions. We have got two left and we lost one in the last minute, we played another, against the super favourite of the Champions League, and we lost under special circumstances. We need to keep the right attitude to turn the luck around on our side a little bit. We are disappointed, but we want to focus on our next target, and we have big targets in front of us."