Wenger targets Gunners Quadruple

He insists the Gunners will show exactly the same hunger and

commitment against League One Leyton Orient in the FA Cup on Sunday

that they demonstrated against the Spanish champions. In stark

contrast to recent seasons when Arsenal have prioritised the league

and the Champions League, Wenger is set to field a virtual

full-strength team against Orient. He said: “We want to go for

every single competition. How far will we go? I personally believe

we can go in every competition to the end. But we can as well stop

very quickly. “It’s just down to how much we believe and how much

commitment we show. What I am convinced of is that we have the

hunger and we have some talent and we are committed to going as far

as we can.” Arsenal are already in the final of the Carling Cup

later this month against Birmingham. They lie second in the Premier

League, four points behind Manchester United and their home win

against Barcelona gives them an opportunity of progressing to the

quarter-finals of the Champions League next month. Wenger added:

“Our destiny will be made by how we focus every time, how much we

can mobilise our resources in every single game. “The intelligent

attitude will be to just worry about the next game and the next

game is Leyton Orient. We had tough games against Leeds, tough

games against Ipswich, a tough game against Huddersfield. We have

been warned how difficult it is. “We can gain more respect from

everybody if we turn up on Sunday with absolutely full commitment,

then people will say this team is ready to have a real go and not

choose the competition or the games. “When you are a top level

competitive man or team you go absolutely 100% committed into every

game.” Theo Walcott is likely to have recovered from a slight

hamstring strain and Johan Djourou is responding well to treatment

on a back injury. Wenger is likely to rest centre back Laurent

Koscielny who felt “very tired” after the Barcelona match. But a

full-house at Orient will be treated to most of the stars who just

a few days earlier defeated the team universally recognised as the

best in the world. Almost certainly that will include 19-year-old

Jack Wilshere in midfield who gave a supremely mature performance

against Xavi and Andres Iniesta on Wednesday. Arsenal captain Cesc

Fabregas described Wilshere as having an “English heart with

Spanish quality” and Wenger said: “Spanish technique certainly. “He

has an English heart because he is an English boy. He just loves to

win like all the other players in my team. “He takes everything at

the moment with a cool head and that’s what I like. When you are at

his age, you want to play and to play again and show how good you

are. What I like, he is not fazed by the occasion, he is not

inhibited and just plays free. That is what is fantastic about

him.” Wenger does not believe the FA Cup needs an overhaul and is

against scrapping replays, despite Arsenal having a hectic fixture

schedule. He said: “There is an historic love story between people

and the FA Cup and people are scared every time that this history

goes out of the game. I don’t believe (it will) because I believe

that everybody likes to go to Wembley and the final of the FA Cup.”

On replays, he added: “They sometimes give you a chance to get

yourself out of a tricky game. Against Leeds we had to go to Leeds

and we still qualified. It is fair financially for the smaller

clubs to get something.”