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Arsenal out to avenge Liverpool humiliation - Wenger

ESPN staff
February 14, 2014
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Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal are out to put the record straight against Liverpool in the FA Cup on Sunday but won't rule out rotating his team.

Arsenal suffered a humiliating 5-1 loss at Anfield last week, a defeat Wenger claims his side got "out of their system" during Wednesday's 0-0 draw at home to Manchester United.

"We have got it out of our systems because our main frailty at Liverpool was that we conceded goal after goal in 20 minutes and on Wednesday night we came back to our usual defensive stability," Wenger said.

Wenger also disputed that Liverpool would be the "last team" Arsenal want to play and said they were "hurt" by the loss.

"No, I would say it is the first team we want to play," he added. "When you can put things right, you want an opportunity to do that and we have an opportunity.

"Of course, these guys are winners. When they lose in that way believe me they are hurt. When you just conceded five goals you do not go into the next game and act like nothing happened.

"I feel that we got the mental response I expected from the team, hugely committed but with a bit more confidence we would have been a bit more composed on the ball in some situations in the game. That could have had an influence on the result in the end."

Santi Cazorla will miss the game due to illness but Wenger did not confirm whether he would prioritise next week's Champions League last-16 clash against Bayern Munich and make wholesale changes to his side this weekend.

"I play a team with a good opportunity, a good chance to qualify," said Wenger. "Will I rest one player, or two or three, I don't know yet. Certainly we will just have one focus, which is to win the game.

"We have only one player back, and that's [Mathieu] Flamini - who comes back from suspension not injury, so he should be fresh and available. That is the only positive news we have. From Wednesday night I don't think we lose anybody, just Cazorla who is ill in bed today I have just been informed so he certainly will not be available for Sunday.

"We have at the moment no [Aaron] Ramsey, and if Cazorla is not available then we are a bit short in midfield and he is welcome back."

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