Win strengthens AW’s ‘belief’

The Gunners have embarked on a schedule of four games in four

different competitions across 11 days with Sunday’s FA Cup

fifth-round tie against Leyton Orient the next assignment. Wenger

believes that a side containing eight starters aged 25 or under can

only benefit from their heroics at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday

night. “I’m very proud for Arsenal FC. Everyone urged us to play

differently to our nature,” said Wenger. “This win can strengthen

belief in our philosophy, which is more important than pride. “It

was a special night for my team. Our players showed exceptional

strength and togetherness. The victory will reinforce that. “The

age of the team which started is very, very young. What we can do

at this age is very promising for the future and our target is to

keep them together. “We have the FA Cup on Sunday and that

competition is very different. In England you have to be focused

for these kind of things.” Theo Walcott is expected to recover from

a mild hamstring problem in time to face Orient. “We have a little

concern about Walcott’s hamstring but it should be all right,”

Wenger told Arsenal TV online. Centre back Johan Djourou is

sidelined for the trip to east London after suffering a back

problem at the Emirates last night. Right-back Bacary Sagna is

available after being suspended against Barcelona but midfielder

Abou Diaby is still banned. Striker Marouane Chamakh will return to

the squad after missing out against Barcelona. “There will be some

rotation. We will see what I do. We play Sunday, Wednesday and then

Sunday again,” said Wenger. “But I have shown in many competitions

that I have the same belief in every player.”