By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger admits a win over Manchester United on Saturday would be a timely boost for him and his players.

Arsenal’s hunt for silverware has stuttered somewhat in the past two weeks with Carling Cup Final defeat and the failure to break down Sunderland in the Premier League followed by Champions League exit in Barcelona on Tuesday.

The manager knows victory at Old Trafford would do wonders for the confidence of his squad as the season reaches its conclusion with Arsenal aiming for a first ‘double’ since 2002.

"We need it I must say, because we need help,” said Wenger on Thursday. “We have been touched severely recently and we are chasing after a win of that type.

"We will try to win. I've said since the start of the season that we will go for all of the competitions. We've got two left and we lost one in the last minute, we played another against the super favourites of the Champions League and we lost under special circumstances.

"We need to keep the right attitude to turn the luck around on our side a little bit.”

After a gruelling season where Wenger’s side have regularly played three games in seven days, Tuesday’s European exit will, at least, lighten the demands on the players for the Premier League run-in.

"I think we will not be overloaded, that's the advantage of it," he said. "We want to deal well with the two psychological blows that we had recently - that's our purpose. If we manage to do that then it will be an advantage. It will keep the confidence level high and keep the results going that we have achieved recently.

“Since November, I do feel this team has taken off. In the last month we have lost the Carling Cup Final and gone out of the Champions League but if you had a global view of the last three months you had every reason to be optimistic.”

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10 Mar 2011