Monday, 17 January 2011

Wenger's proud FA Cup record under threat

Arsenal's proud FA Cup record under manager Arsene Wenger will be under threat when they travels to championship side Leeds United for a third-round replay on Wednesday.
Wenger hasn't lost at this stage of the competition since taking charge of the Gunners in 1996 but his team was held to a 1-1 draw by Leeds at Emirates Stadium on Jan. 8, with Arsenal rescued by a last-minute penalty by Cesc Fabregas.
With the London club still targeting trophies on four fronts, Wenger is likely to play a weakened side at Elland Road, handing Leeds a great chance to cause an upset.
But the French coach remains upbeat about the game, Wenger revealed he is likely to rotate again for Wednesday night's replay at Leeds."Our success depends on the way the whole squad can focus on the different competitions," the Arsenal manager said.
"I believe we have the quality no matter what I do on Wednesday to qualify, it is just how much we are able to focus on the competition."The timing is not the best, but it is down to us because we could have beaten Leeds at home."We didn't manage to do that, but now there's no reason why we should give up."It is important we go there with a positive attitude."

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