English Premiership

Wenger excited by FA Cup opportunity

2015-03-09 10:31
Arsene Wenger (arsenal.com)

Cape Town - Arsène Wenger says his side are determined to take a “fantastic opportunity” to reach the FA Cup semi-finals.

Arsenal travel to Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the competition on Monday evening after beating Middlesbrough in the last 16.

Wenger has won nine of his 10 previous FA Cup quarter-finals and wants to enhance that record further at Old Trafford.

“It’s not just another game because it’s the quarter-final of the FA Cup,” Wenger said on the club's website arsenal.com.

“We fought until now to be in there - now we want to stay in it and go to the semi-final. It’s a fantastic opportunity.

“For years, it was always the game of the season that decided the Premier League. At the moment it’s not the case but it’s still a big game.

“You go there and I don’t expect any weakness from Man United. I know that if we want to qualify, we have to produce a strong performance. They have lost two games in 22 so if you want to beat them, you have to produce a performance.

“We just want to qualify. Let’s not consider Man United. Let’s focus on our performances of the day.

“In the cup, you give it your all. We know that they have a little advantage because they play at Old Trafford where they feel confident. To compensate for that, we have to put more effort in and produce a top-level performance.”

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