By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger knows Arsenal can ill-afford to let Sunday’s heartache get in the way of the “massive targets” they still want to achieve this season.

Despite the huge disappointment of Carling Cup Final defeat against Birmingham City, Arsenal are still well-placed and fighting on three fronts. And Wenger admits there is no time for a Cup hangover.

His team must pick themselves up and ensure the season ends with success, starting with Wednesday’s FA Cup Fifth Round replay against Leyton Orient.

“Of course, there is disappointment in the dressing room but the players are united, have a strong bond and are determined to go for the massive challenges we have in front of us,” the manager told Arsenal TV Online.

“We cannot let our motivation level or our confidence level drop because of that because of the massive targets we have in front of us. We have much higher targets than the Carling Cup, even though we would have loved to have won it. We all agree about that.

“We are in a massive race in the championship, we have an opportunity to qualify in the FA Cup and we have won the first leg in the Champions League [against Barcelona].”

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1 Mar 2011