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28/01/2010 10:21, Report by Ben Hibbs
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Now bring on Arsenal

Thoughts of travelling to Wembley on Sunday 28 February, and the emotion of beating Manchester City in a dramatic Carling Cup semi-final, will quickly be put on the backburner for United's players as they immediately begin preparations for the Premier League visit to Arsenal on Sunday.

Wayne Rooney clinched a late winner in an enthralling two-legged last four tie with our city neighbours, taking United a step closer to defending the Carling Cup against Aston Villa in the final. But with key league and European fixtures to come before then, the Reds' celebrations will have to be contained.

"We’ll assess [the final] when we get to it," says Sir Alex. "We’ve got some important games in the league and the Champions League to look forward to now. Arsenal on Sunday at the Emirates is a big game for us, we need to win that game."

Arsenal drew 0-0 with Aston Villa in the league while the Reds were beating City, missing the chance to go above United. Chelsea took their opportunity, however, beating Birmingham 3-0 to move into pole position.

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Gunning for Arsenal

"That's what it's about being at United; you have a semi-final in midweek, then an important league game at the weekend. We're looking forward to a game against a team in form. But we'll recover from beating City and get ready for it."

- Darren Fletcher

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