By Giuseppe Muro
Arsène Wenger feels Saturday’s experience against Leeds will benefit his side ahead of Wednesday’s trip to another Championship side, Ipswich Town.
Cesc Fabregas’ last-gasp penalty spared Arsenal’s blushes in the FA Cup as a spirited and talented Leeds nearly caused a major upset at Emirates Stadium in a game the Gunners were expected to win.
Wenger’s team will again be strong favourites when they travel to Portman Road for the first leg of their Carling Cup Semi-Final, but the manager feels his players will heed the warning.
“I think the Leeds game will help us focus well at Ipswich,” said Wenger. “We will certainly be on our toes going to Ipswich.
“That game [against Leeds] has shown that against a Championship team we must be completely up for it and focused from the first minute if we don’t want to be surprised. We have been warned.
“We were certainly surprised by [Leeds’] level of commitment. The team has still shown a great reaction and refused to give up even if they had some points during the game where it was a little bit wobbly.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 11 Jan 2011