Arsene Wenger feels Arsenal's disappointing Champions League exit against Barcelona now means his squad will not be "overloaded" as they aim to beat Manchester United to the domestic double.
The Gunners crashed out of Europe to the Spanish champions for the second successive season at the Nou Camp but successive league defeats for United has left Wenger's men just three points behind the Red Devils in the Premier League and they face the same team in an FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday.
"We will not be overloaded, that's the advantage of it," said the Gunners boss. "We want to deal well with the two psychological blows that we had recently and that's our purpose. If we manage to do that then it will be advantage."
He added: "We need to keep the confidence level high by keeping the results going that we have achieved recently. Since November, I feel this team has taken off.
"While in the last month we have lost the Carling Cup final and gone out of the Champions League, but if you had a global view of the last three months then you had every reason to be optimistic."
Wenger, though, accepted: "Tomorrow's game has big significance of course as the targets now that we have in front of us are the championship and FA Cup."