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Arsene Wenger: FA Cup has no impact on top four

by Ben Topliss

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger doesn’t believe their FA Cup quarter-final meeting with Manchester United has any bearing on this season’s race to finish in the top four of the Premier League.

With Chelsea and Manchester City seemingly set for the top spots, the Gunners have been left battling Man United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Southampton for the final two places.

Arsenal go into Monday’s FA Cup tie in good form having won eight of their last ten games in the league but as is the case so often, form is irrelevant when it comes to knock-out football.

Wenger’s side are currently third in the table, one point ahead of United, but Wenger insists he is not thinking about delivering a psychological blow to Monday’s opponents and that he just wants to continue Arsenal’s defence of the Cup.

When asked about the fixture’s impact on the top four race, Wenger said: “It is a different competition. For us we won the FA Cup last year, we are the holders and we want of course to keep it.

“This competition is important to us and we want to go there and produce the result. I don’t think it is linked at all to the Premier League.

“It is linked to momentum and desire to win. The cup is give it all on the day and that is what it is about on Monday night.”

United fans have become increasingly concerned over whether or not United will finish in the top four in recent weeks.

Along with Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have been getting good results. However, Louis van Gaal has moved to allay fans’ fears in recent weeks, pointing to United’s good record of two defeats in 22 games.

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