Wenger -- win would be boost we need

Jim van Wijk

Arsene Wenger expects Arsenal and Manchester United will be out to prove they are made of the right stuff when they go head to head in this evening's FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford.

The Gunners crashed out of Europe to Barcelona in midweek, which followed on from their shock Carling Cup final defeat against Birmingham, as a season which again promised so much is in danger of once more ultimately delivering very little.

However, Arsenal travel to Old Trafford this afternoon with destiny still in their own hands.

After successive league defeats for United, Arsenal are now just three points behind the Red Devils, who play the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash against Marseille next week and must go to the Emirates Stadium on May 1.


Wenger said: "The two teams have a little disappointment with results recently, so it is still the one who deals with that the best who can come out on top.

"Manchester United lost two games, we just lost two as well, so it is how well we deal with that which will be vital."

Arsenal lost 1-0 at Old Trafford on December 13, but have not been beaten in 11 league matches since, winning eight.

Nemanja Vidic returns from suspension as United look to tighten up a defence which has leaked five goals in its last two games, but playmaker Nani is sidelined after sustaining a deep wound to his leg at Liverpool.

Wenger expects United to focus on what they feel is needed to get the job done.

"They always play against us with a very tight midfield, try to put pressure on us from midfield," he said. "However, I wouldn't say they are scared. They have no reason to be scared because they have enough experience.

"My real problem is to get the team back with positive vibes, and for us the game on Saturday is important on that front."