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Arsene Wenger sees positives as he plots Arsenal Wembley route

Arsene Wenger has called on Arsenal fans to ‘keep faith’ in his vision as he looks to guide the young Gunners into the semi-finals of the Carling Cup.

The 4-2 victory at Aston Villa on Saturday avoided a third straight defeat, following on from the bitter disappointment of blowing a two-goal lead as arch-rivals Tottenham fought back to win the north London derby at the Emirates and then going down 2-0 in Braga to leave Champions League qualification not yet assured.

Those performances once again raised questions about Arsenal's backbone and ability to turn potential into silverware. Wenger, though, maintains his side have the quality needed to come good in the end as they look to secure a first trophy since the 2005 FA Cup by staying on course for Wembley with victory against Wigan at Emirates Stadium tonight.

Wenger said: “I am still quite optimistic, even if disappointed by the results. I have no major reason to doubt the team and the players, so even if my disappointment was huge, maybe that is why I am less down than many people because I see all the positive signs which are in my team.

“I am confident on the longer-term, like it is a marathon, that will all come out — keep with us, and keep faith with the team.”

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