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Arsenal ready to blast rivals and win 'quadruple'

Arsene Wenger has warned that his Arsenal players fully intend to “go for it” as they target an unprecedented quadruple.

The Gunners host Barclays Premier League relegation-battlers Wigan today looking to maintain the momentum from a 3-1 midweek FA Cup third-round replay win at Leeds, which followed the 3-0 drubbing of bottom club West Ham.

Next week Arsenal, who last won a trophy in 2005, take on Championship strugglers Ipswich in the second leg of their Carling Cup semi-final looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit and stay on course for Wembley, while a place in the last 16 of the FA Cup is there for the taking against League One Huddersfield.

The small matter of a Champions League showdown with Barcelona is also fast approaching, and Wenger knows his men must continue to produce their top form as they battle for success on four fronts.

“We are motivated to give our best in all the competitions, that is for sure,” the Arsenal manager said. “What can we win? We are not in a position to say that, we are in a position where we want to give our best and afterwards we will see where we end up.

“What is good is we are in mid-January and we are still in all four competitions, so let's go for it.”

Wenger continued: “We have shown since the start of the season that we can beat everybody.

“We have a stronger belief than at the start of the season and our togetherness is better. I believe there is more to come out from this team and am convinced we will be stronger and stronger.”

Arsenal now have four home matches in succession and Wenger added: “We know our home form can make a huge impact on our success and that's why if it is Wigan or anybody else at home we want the three points.”

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