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Impact of Cup win against Arsenal

The 4-0 FA Cup win over Arsenal was a fantastic game of football if you were a neutral or United fan but obviously not so much for any Gunners but with the game over, what bearing is it likely to have on the rest of the season if any?

With United choosing to rest the likes of Ronaldo, Giggs, Scholes, Hargreaves and Tevez, even the most optimistic of United fans couldn’t have been expecting what was to come in a dazzling 90 minutes of football.

Arsenal have rested numerous players in cup competitions over the last few seasons and have usually performed beyond expectations so it was expected to be a tough contest despite Arsenal also missing some key names.

But the tough game we were expecting never happened. Rooney nodded in the first and goals quickly followed by Nani and Fletcher to really put the game beyond any doubt at halftime.

Arsenal had obviously been told to get stuck in for the second half and were quickly reduced to ten men which could have easily lead to United becoming complacent. However, the likes of Fletcher and Nani excelled themselves and ran endlessly throughout the second half even though the passage into the quarter finals was all but guaranteed.

The FA Cup is out of reach now for Arsenal but the fans and players will be looking to use the disappointment of this game to bounce back. United’s disappointment against Manchester City a week early has already been used as an example of how such a poor performance can be used as a platform to bounce back and build upon.

The key for Arsenal though is how they respond against Inter Milian. Last season Arsenal went out of cup competitions in quick succession which left their season in tatters around the same time of year so they’ll be looking to avoid a repeat.

Should they be ousted from the Champions League then the one positive they’ll look at will be all their efforts can be focused on claiming the Premiership title, especially if United and Chelsea are able to win their Champions League ties.

The psychological blow of losing to their title rivals in such devastating fashion is sure to be a blow to Arsenal and we’ll hopefully see this week whether they have the determination and character to bounce back.

They still have a five point lead in the Premiership which may be a useful cushion but this coming week may be a crucial time in determining how the rest of the season will pan out.

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