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Wenger eyes united clash

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger welcomed "an exciting draw" after his side were handed a possible FA Cup quarter-final trip to Manchester United.

The Gunners found out before yesterday's game with Leyton Orient that an Old Trafford date awaited the winners, who are still to be determined after substitute Jonathan Tehoue's late goal earned Orient a replay.

Wenger said: "Somebody told me the draw as we came out before the game started. It is television now which basically dictates these kind of rules but that would not be an excuse for us to draw today.

" It is an interesting and an exciting draw. We will do what it takes to go through, but I had a good warning today that the home game against Leyton Orient will be difficult."

FA CUP QUARTER-FINAL DRAW -- Stoke City v West Ham United/Burnley; Manchester City/Aston Villa v Everton/Reading; Birmingham City v Bolton Wanderers; Manchester United v Leyton Orient/Arsenal

* Ties are due to be played on the weekend of March 12 and 13.

Irish Independent