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Monday 20 August 2018

Wenger -- Barca win is a boost for young Guns

Arsene Wenger expects Arsenal to be flooded with self-belief following their stunning 2-1 Champions League victory over Barcelona.

The Gunners have embarked on a schedule of four games in four different competitions across 11 days with Sunday's FA Cup fifth-round tie against Leyton Orient the next assignment.

Wenger believes that a side containing eight starters aged 25 or under can only benefit from their heroics on Wednesday night.

"I'm very proud for Arsenal FC. Everyone urged us to play differently to our nature," said Wenger.

"This win can strengthen belief in our philosophy, which is more important than pride.

"It was a special night for my team. Our players showed exceptional strength and togetherness. The victory will reinforce that.

"The age of the team which started is very young. What we can do at this age is very promising for the future and our target is to keep them together."



Concern

Theo Walcott is expected to recover from a mild hamstring problem in time to face Orient.

"We have a little concern about Walcott's hamstring but it should be all right," Wenger said.

Centre back Johan Djourou is sidelined for the trip to east London after suffering a back problem.

Right-back Bacary Sagna is available after being suspended against Barcelona but midfielder Abou Diaby is still banned.

Striker Marouane Chamakh will return to the squad after missing out against Barcelona.

"There will be some rotation. We will see what I do," said Wenger.

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