By Giuseppe Muro

Marouane Chamakh believes Wednesday’s game against Leyton Orient presents a perfect opportunity to get over Sunday’s Carling Cup Final disappointment.

Just three days after the cruel 2-1 defeat at the hands of Birmingham, Arsenal host the League One side in an FA Cup Fifth-Round replay for the right to face Manchester United in the Quarter-Finals.

Few could see many positives at the prospect of a replay after Jonathan Tehoue’s last-gasp leveller added yet another game to an already cluttered schedule.

But Chamakh now views the game at Emirates Stadium as a remedy for Arsenal’s Wembley heartache.

“On Monday morning we had training, on Wednesday we play again and we have the chance to bounce back,” said the Moroccan. “We have all had a bad night but we will bounce back.

"We are lucky to have another game to play as soon as Wednesday. We need to think about that game, focus on it and not think about this final.

"We need to forget what happened today and make sure the defeat doesn’t stay on our minds. We still have a lot of big games and challenges to play and we will fight on until the end of the season."

The big talking point from Sunday’s defeat was the disastrous mix-up between Wojciech Szczesny and Laurent Koscielny that led to Obafemi Martins’ 89th-minute winner.

However, Chamakh says it would be wrong to hold the pair accountable for Arsenal’s unexpected loss.

“We are all responsible for the defeat. That’s football. You have highs and lows,” he added.

"The way we conceded the second goal doesn’t matter. If we had conceded a top-class goal the result would have been the same, we would still have lost. We lost a Final and it’s hard to take.

"We have a feeling of frustration and disappointment because we feel that we could have won the game. To be honest, I was expecting it to go into extra time and maybe to penalties but not to lose in that way.”

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28 Feb 2011