Saturday, March 12, 2011

Mental strength could be difference between Man Utd & Arsenal

After bitter defeats last week, Arsene Wenger believes mental strength will be the decisive factor as Arsenal and Manchester United each look to bounce back from disappointing defeats in their FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday.

Arsenal crashed out of Europe to Barcelona in midweek, which followed on from their shock Carling Cup final defeat against Birmingham at Wembley. Meanwhile, United's grip on the Premier League lead has loosened after losses at Chelsea and Liverpool.

The clubs are both still in the hunt for multiple trophies but they stand in each other's way in both a grinding Premier League title race and the more immediate task of progressing to a Wembley FA Cup semi-final.

Another loss so soon after the others could bring about talk of a full-blown form slump for either team so Wenger is well aware of the importance to respond to the setbacks with victory at Old Trafford.

"At the moment 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,'' Wenger said. "Manchester United lost two games, we just lost two [big games] as well, so it is how well we deal with that which will be certainly vital.''

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