We must keep momentum going - Wenger

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Arsene Wenger has no doubts his battle-weary Arsenal squad have the strength to maintain their challenge for honours on all fronts.

The Gunners boss feels, given the importance of the upcoming Barclays Premier League fixtures, he has little option but to give some players a "breather" for Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Stoke.

"I want to pick a team which is strong enough to win the game, without ignoring we are under immense physical demands in every single game and some players need to have a breather," said Wenger.

"I feel physically we are one of the strongest teams in the league.

"We are a very mobile team and we can deal with the demands we have in front of us."

Arsenal have hauled themselves back into the title race with seven wins from the nine league games following their 3-0 home defeat by Chelsea at the end of November, which left them some 11 points adrift.

Wenger wants to continue the improvement with a positive result at the Britannia Stadium.

"We want to keep the momentum going," he said. "Do you voluntarily want to interrupt that? No, because you never know the consequences it has on the team morale and the belief for the next games.

"We want to go to Stoke, to win the game and get through to the next round.

"We want to be a winning team, and the FA Cup is part of that."

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