Wenger high on confidence for United clash after defeating Manchester City

The FA Cup seems to have overtaken English Premier League or perhaps every other domestic league being played worldwide these days thanks to the high profile quarterfinal which is going to be kicked off tomorrow between two heavyweights: Manchester United and Arsenal. Though, there have recently been lots of debates about who could win the next hurdle or if United can triumph Gunners, yet none of the two is willing to accept they can’t enter into the semis. Likewise, Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger has shown his dire confidence that his team will not underperform at Old Trafford despite having not won a single game over there since 2006. If we look at their last few meetings, Gunners could never win convincingly against Red Devils and who can forget their humiliating 8-2 loss back in August 2011? However, if we look at last Manchester trip of the Emirates side, they surprisingly defeated Manchester City that gave a new confidence to Wenger army that they can win City’s arch rivals as well. Explaining why he believes otherwise of what their record says about their performance at Old Trafford, 65-year-old Frenchman said, “I know we have not won at Old Trafford for a few years, but I don’t believe history plays any part in this game.

“It doesn’t matter what shirt they wear, or what stadium they play in, it is down to quality. If I’ve learnt something in my life it’s that the performance on the day decides the outcome of the day, not where you play. We won at Manchester City and the fact that we can win away from home is important. If you haven’t won away from home all season, it’s more difficult. But we know we can do well away.”

Wenger also considers upcoming showdown as the biggest and takes it completely different to English premier league, he added, “We have lost some points in the Premier League this season that we should never have lost. The game against United was the biggest one we threw away. We were so dominant that the game should have been over in the first half-hour. When you look again at the way we conceded the two goals — well, we just offered them the game.

“It’s a big game, and every big win in a big game has an impact subconsciously in the belief of the team. Once you get to the quarterfinals you think that’s a good opportunity to win a trophy.”

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