Arsene Wenger accepts Arsenal could have done with a "little breather" rather than tackle Leyton Orient in a FA Cup fifth-round replay, but maintains the Gunners can sustain their assault on four fronts.

Wenger made 10 changes from the side which had beaten Barcelona in midweek and they made the breakthrough when Tomas Rosicky headed in at the start of the second half. However, Orient produced a late rally and substitute Jonathan Tehoue drilled home with a minute left to earn a money-spinning replay which keeps alive the npower League One club's dream of a quarter-final at Manchester United.

"The most negative side of our result is one more fixture and in fairness that is not what we needed," the Arsenal manager, whose congested fixture list includes next Sunday's Carling Cup final against Birmingham.

"We have had problems in the cups against teams from the lower divisions, but also we have given a lot. Sometimes, mentally, a breather would not be bad.

"What people forget is that since the beginning of December, we have played every three days, so sometimes to have a week where we could give the players a little breather would not be bad."


 

"But you also have to give credit to Leyton Orient because they never gave up and fought very hard. You had a match against a team which is technically superior, but fighting spirit has a chance.

"As long as you do not score the second goal, that can happen. But we are still in the competition and will now play at home. The most important thing is to go through."

Wenger admitted he had not heard of Tehoue, but Orient boss Russell Slade hailed his very own "super sub".

Slade said "When I have started with Jonathan, sometimes he has not made the impact he has coming off the bench, when he has scored something like eight goals.

"In terms of super sub, forget about the (David) Faircloughs of this world - Tehoue, he is the boy, our secret weapon."

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