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LONDON ENGLAND- MARCH 07 Arsene Wenger Manager of Arsenal gives a thumbs up during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Arsenal FC and FC Bayern Muenchen at Emirates Stadium

"We have had the opportunity to pit our wits against the very best, the opportunity to be involved in really big games".

The response to that claim was sceptical but Wenger was persistent. I'm not sure you can reverse what's happening at the moment. We'll never be happy if we lose, but at some stage we need to be proud of what we've done. We are the sort of team that is not going to be distracted by anything that is going on outside the club.

That seemed a non-intuitive interpretation of events, but Wenger did at least admit there was a chance of confidence disintegrating after a run of five defeats in seven games.

"I do not want to judge that, I am not able to".

It looks likely that other Premier League sides would be interested in the former Southampton man, with Everton and West Ham having short odds with the bookmakers to win the fight to sign him. "It's always unsafe because confidence can drop quickly".

As much as it's a great story, Arsenal fans will be hoping their team can show there's more to them than petty squabbles and dismal capitulations, and the non-league side might very well face a backlash.

"The second half it felt like he'd brought 15 players, it felt like the clock had stopped".

It does them, the game and the FA Cup a disservice, because in this increasingly money and business-dominated sport, we should be celebrating occasions like this one.

"If UEFA and Federation Internationale de Football Association don't take that step to go for more justice, they can't offer what we saw for us against Bayern or the night after, it is indefensible". "I thought we restricted Arsenal to limited chances and we had a good one of our own".

Nathan Arnold nearly gave Lincoln a shock lead as he burst through the Gunners' defence, but he was denied as goalkeeper Petr Cech made a desperate save.

Asked if Mourinho's League Cup winners want revenge, United forward Marcus Rashford said: "Yeah, definitely".

"At the end of the game, even when you have been so long in football, you sit there and think, 'How could this happen?' Is the first penalty a penalty?"

Lincoln could not add to his woes despite a positive first half, which ended in Theo Walcott putting the Gunners ahead before they ran riot after the interval. "It was like a boxer being on the ropes", Cowley said.

Arsenal saw this a year ago with Alex Iwobi who started off being played in early Cup games and managed to make is way into the first team as a regular. "We have to be inspired and learn from this journey", he said.

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