Wenger backs his players to kick on



Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has backed his team to pick themselves up from their Carling Cup heartbreak and bounce back against Leyton Orient tonight.

Orient, who earned their fifth round replay at the Emirates by drawing 1-1 with the Premier League side last week face an Arsenal team who could be in the mood for avenging their cup final defeat.

Wengers team are still in the running for the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, so have plenty to look forward too, although they are going to have to do it without key players.

Van Persie and Walcott definitely miss tonight and Barcelona next week, and Fabregas is touch and go for the Barca game.

Wenger instead chose to concentrate on the positives, saying, “We have to live with the conclusions of people and keep our targets and goals.”

“We are in a massive race in the championship, we have an opportunity to qualify in the FA Cup and we have won the first leg in the Champions League.

“We have much higher targets than the Carling Cup,http://static.lingospot.com/spot/image/spacer.gif even though we would have loved to have won it. We all agree about that.

“We cannot let our motivation level or our confidence level drop because of that because of the massive targets we have in front of us.”

Wenger also insisted the manner of their defeat, which saw a defensive mix up in the last minute gift the cup to Birmingham, will not affect his team.

“We were all unhappy but we could feel again today determined because we feel we lost in a really disbelieving way,” he said.

“At that moment we were on top, the result does not reflect the consistent performances recently and the quality of our performances recently.

“Of course there was disappointment in the dressing room, but the players are united, have a strong bond and are determined to go for the massive challenges we have in front of us.”

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