Wenger looking to the Orient after Barca epic
Published 19/02/2011 | 05:00
Just 36 hours after leading Arsenal to a stunning 2-1 Champions League victory over Barcelona, Arsene Wenger was up early, studying Leyton Orient ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup fifth-round trip to Brisbane Road.
The manager proved that he had already done his homework by citing Orient left-back Charlie Daniels and leading striker Alex Revell as the League One side's key threats.
Any temptation to treat the game lightly following Wednesday night's win were soon left behind. Wenger has never lost an FA Cup tie to lower-league opposition in 25 games, and does not intend to start now as Arsenal remain in the hunt for four trophies.
"We know that it will be a different game, but the commitment needed will be exactly the same," said Wenger. "We are hungry for success. And the FA Cup means total focus and total commitment if we are to be successful on Sunday.
"We have spent two days studying them and we have had the reports of the game, against MK Dons in midweek. They have a good lef- back, I have seen in the report, Daniels. They also have a striker who looks dangerous, Revell."
After this tie Arsenal return to Premier League action on Wednesday, against Stoke, and then visit Wembley four days later in an attempt to win their first trophy for six years in the Carling Cup final against Birmingham.
"What we learnt in the first rounds -- when we had tough games against Leeds and Huddersfield -- and have been warned about, is how difficult it is," Wenger added.
"We are involved in all four competitions, so we will do our best and my job is to get the team as far as it can. We do not choose to drop a competition -- that would be silly.
"We are hungry for success and every time we go out we just want to win the next game." (© Daily Telegraph, London)
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