Wenger: This is the final frontier

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Arsene Wenger feels the return of fit-again frontmen Eduardo and Theo Walcott, along with recovering captain Cesc Fabregas, can prove "decisive" as Arsenal head into the critical phase of the season.

Brazil-born Croatian striker Eduardo netted a sublime goal to help fire the Gunners into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup after Burnley were beaten 3-0 at Emirates Stadium, where England winger Walcott made a welcome return after four months out with a shoulder problem.

"We are going into the final sprint. For us it is important to keep all our targets alive," said Wenger, whose team have closed the gap on Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League down to just three points.

"We know every game demands a big performance because we cannot slip up.

"Slowly, we have all of our players coming back, and that can be decisive."

Wenger hopes to also have creative midfielder Fabregas back from a serious knee injury in a couple of weeks, while Czech winger Tomas Rosicky could be another in action again soon following a long lay-off.

His side will now play host to Hull on March 17/18 for the right to take on Chelsea at Wembley in the semi-finals.

Wenger feels his team will be in good shape by then. He said: "People judge always the instant situation. If you look now at the players who are still out - Fabregas, Rosicky and [Emmanuel] Adebayor - they can all contribute offensively a lot."

The victory - achieved with several of the first-team regulars rested - extended Arsenal's unbeaten run to 17 games in all competitions, and proved just the right tonic ahead of Wednesday night's crucial Champions League clash with Roma.

"We did the job in a serious way," said Wenger. "What is good before going to Roma is we did not concede and scored several goals."

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