Arsenal look for FA Cup salvation against United
Arsenal will attempt to banish the disappointment of their Champions League exit on Saturday when they travel to Old Trafford for an FA Cup quarterfinal showdown with Manchester United. How the teams stack upsports Updated: Mar 12, 2011 01:40 IST
Arsenal will attempt to banish the disappointment of their Champions League exit on Saturday when they travel to Old Trafford for an FA Cup quarterfinal showdown with Manchester United.
After boldly stating last month that his team was ready to challenge for an unprecedented quadruple, Arsene Wenger will be left with only the Premier League to play for if they are beaten on Saturday.
A shock defeat in the League Cup final to Birmingham was followed by Tuesday's chastening masterclass in the Camp Nou at the hands of Barcelona, where the Gunners lost 3-1 on the night, 4-3 on aggregate.
The rancorous aftermath of that defeat has not been able to mask the reality that Arsenal were well beaten over the two legs, and Wenger now has to pick his side up swiftly for another daunting assignment away from home.Arsenal have not beaten Manchester United for three years and in matches at Old Trafford, their record is even worse, stretching back five years to 2006.
Another defeat on Saturday, against a Manchester United side who are coming off consecutive losses to Chelsea and Liverpool, and the doubts about Arsenal's ability to prevail in pressure games will resurface.
Wenger has vowed to field his strongest available side, believing that Arsenal desperately need a morale-boosting win to get their season on track.
"At the moment we need that kind of big win, it would help us because we have been hurt severely recently. We are running after a win of that type," Wenger said this week. "I have said since the start of the season we will go for all the competitions. We have two left."