By Nik Brumsack

Arsène Wenger insists his team will not dwell on their heavy defeat against Manchester United last year when they return to Old Trafford on Saturday.

An injury-depleted Arsenal were beaten 8-2 last August as the home side, and Wayne Rooney in particular, took advantage of a below-par display. But while admitting the defeat hurt, Wenger says revenge will not be on the minds of his players come Saturday lunchtime.

“It is a part of the season where we have played Liverpool away, Stoke away, [Manchester] City away, Manchester United now away,” he said. “If we do well in this game we can come closer to Man United and we'll have played mainly all the big teams away from home. So for us it is a very important game.

“I believe that of course there is an emotional aspect to a result like that [the 8-2 defeat]. But on a footballing front I don't think you give too much importance to a result like that.

“It is down to a team being much better than another that the scores are high, or down to special circumstances. On the day I think the result was down to special circumstances. That's why the emotional meaning is big but the footballing meaning is not very big, and we have had that behind us for a long, long time now.”

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1 Nov 2012