Wenger - It all comes down to quality

Arsène Wenger

Arsene Wenger insists past meetings will not play a part in Arsenal’s FA Cup quarter-final visit to Manchester United.

The Gunners have not won at Old Trafford in nine years, and lost 2-1 to Louis van Gaal's side at the Emirates in November.

But Wenger believes his side are well equipped to make amends on Monday, despite struggling in recent seasons.

"Every big win in a big game has an impact subconsciously in the belief of the team"

Arsene Wenger

“When the team is not as good, they lose,” the manager said. “It doesn’t matter what shirt they wear, or what stadium they play in. It is down to quality.

“If I’ve learnt something in my life it’s that the performance on the day decides the outcome of the day, not where you play.

“This team has a good mentality because we had a slow start this season and every time when we lose a big game you see how much the players are touched. I think the mentality is very healthy.”

Arsenal have already beaten Manchester City at Etihad Stadium this season and Wenger is confident the victory will give his team a boost going into Monday’s quarter-final.

“The fact that we can win away from home, that is important,” he added. “If you haven’t won away from home all season it’s more difficult. But we know we can do well away from home.

“It’s a big game, and every big win in a big game has an impact subconsciously in the belief of the team.”



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