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Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal have now put their Carling Cup final woe behind them and are on course for success this season.

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Leyton Orient hope Arsenal will be demoralised

Leyton Orient midfielder Jimmy Smith hopes Birmingham's Carling Cup final win over Arsenal will have left the Gunners low on confidence as the League One side look to overcome the odds and pull off a major upset at the Emirates Stadium tonight.

Robin van Persie out of Barcelona tie

Robin van Persie will miss Arsenal's Champions League round of 16, second leg clash with Barcelona on March 8, the club confirmed this afternoon.

Cesc Fabregas urges Arsenal to move on from defeat

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas urged his team-mates to focus on the "great targets" still ahead of them after the bitter disappointment of Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Birmingham in the Carling Cup final at Wembley.

Role in final signals end of Djourou's nightmare

Johan Djourou has never played at Wembley, which is one reason he was so thrilled to be told he will be part of Arsenal's defence in the Carling Cup final this afternoon. The other is that a year ago the question in his mind was whether he would recover sufficiently from a serious knee injury to reach that sort of level or anything like it again.

Ending trophy drought will 'mentally unblock' Arsenal, says Wenger

Arsene Wenger has said that the prospect of winning tomorrow's Carling Cup final with Birmingham City would lift a "weight" from his team. Arsenal have not won a major trophy since 2005, with a different generation of players.

Leyton Orient consider stadium switch

Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn is considering moving the club to a new home on the 2012 Olympic Park.

Manchester United handed evening Cup tie

Manchester United's FA Cup sixth-round tie, at home to Leyton Orient or Arsenal, will take place at 5.15pm on 12 March, live on ITV1.

Arsene Wenger says Stoke game is crucial to Arsenal

Arsene Wenger admits that Arsenal's chances of winning the league for the first time in seven years could hinge on tonight's crucial game against Stoke.

Alex Ferguson thinks English clubs could dominate Europe again

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson would not be surprised if English clubs dominated the Champions League again this season.

Wenger keeps squad on toes for busy spell

Arsene Wenger has described the necessity for squad rotation as "difficult but enjoyable". Arsenal host Stoke City tonight, the first match in a run of five games in 13 days which includes the League Cup final and their return game in Barcelona. While such congestion naturally brings certain problems, it also allows Wenger to use more of his squad and his young players, and is therefore a useful opportunity for the Arsenal manager.

Song calls for focus amid fixture pile-up

Alex Song has said Arsenal must maintain their focus amid a hectic run of games over the next two weeks. Having drawn with Leyton Orient in the FA Cup on Sunday, Arsenal will play five games in a 13-day spell, starting tomorrow evening. Song recognised that the addition of a Cup replay to their schedule was "not very good" but said that the players "need to be focused" ahead of a run that includes the Carling Cup final and their return Champions League game in Barcelona.

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