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Sagna: Arsenal can bounce back and beat Manchester United

Bacary Sagna believes Arsenal can use their latest Champions League lesson by Barcelona as inspiration to go on and defeat Manchester United as Arsene Wenger's men chase a domestic double, despite the disciplinary fallout from Tuesday night's game.

Arsenal head to Premier League title rivals United, whom they trail by just three points and hold a game in hand, on Saturday looking to secure a return to Wembley with a place in the FA Cup semi-finals at stake.

Right-back Sagna insists having such an important fixture straight after such a disappointment can work in Arsenal's favour.

“We can learn a lot from Barcelona — they kept playing as a team, kept passing the ball quite well. We have to think about the way they played and it must be an inspiration,” the France international said.

“We have to be strong because we want to be successful. We have to fight for the team, for the fans and everyone.

“We want to bring something back to the Emirates and so we have to think about the next game.

“Everyone is still confident we can win something.”

Sagna feels Arsenal can use their Nou Camp defeat in a positive way when they head to Old Trafford on Saturday.

“We are ready to fight because we are even more frustrated after what happened last night and we want to give more,” he said.

“It will be another big game on Saturday. We just want to go there and play our football.”

The performance of teenage midfielder Jack Wilshere over the two legs was certainly a positive for Wenger.

The 19-year-old said: “To be playing against people like Xavi and Iniesta is brilliant.”

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