Eleven wins gives us the title - does Wenger care about FACup?

By Avenell Dave

Sitting in the pub with Graham McNorthbank after the game, he asked me what my thoughts were on the line-up when I saw it last night.

My opinion was that Wenger was resting as many players as possible given the Premier League and Barcelona games coming up - plus he didn't exactly have a lot of options.

Another Addict had said to me that it was simply an unacceptable line-up and that we should be playing our strongest team every week, even though that has probably played a part in the fatigue and consequential injuries that Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott and RvP have suffered, in my opinion. We have to rotate.

Graham thought that it showed Wenger simply isn't interested in the FA Cup this season.

Maybe, maybe not, but we did a professional job against a decent League One side who I hope go on to get promotion this season.

They worked hard and played cleanly and the fact that there were more passes in this game than the Barcelona match says it all about the way both sides got the ball down.

The plaudits go to Nick Bendtner and he and Maroune Chamakh will have far greater tests in weeks to come before RvP is fit again.

Conor Henderson and Ignasi Miquel did well without being spectacular and you have to hope that they will get some decent experience before going on loan and then becoming part of the first team group.

But now all thoughts must turn to Saturday and beating a Sunderland team who we should have beaten in September.

If it hadn't been for Tomas Rosicky's woeful penalty miss, we'd probably have taken three points and nothing less will do on Saturday.

If we win all 11 of our remaining Premier League games, we will be champions and that has to be the main focus, however much we would all love to win the Champions League.

We've shown throughout the season that we can win and lose games against the best and worst sides in the country, let alone the Premier League and we have to show a hell of a lot of focus and determination if we are to edge past M*nure at the season's end.

That would give us 89 points and guarantee us the title, but we have a lot of tough games coming up.

Liverpool and M*nure at home stand out, as does T*tt*nh*m and Stoke away, but with Aaron Ramsey giving us some fresh options and drive in midfield, hopefully the squad will be able to cope.

But as Wenger said, we have to focus on one game at a time and hopefully Wojciech Szczesny and Laurent Koscielny will have recovered from the trauma of Sunday's debacle.

This is the closest we have been to competing for the title since the year Eduardo was hacked down at Birmingham and we have to take advantage.

If this side is going to live up to the hype and silence the naysayers who look to criticise us at every opportunity, we simply have to make the most of the chance.

And Liverpool can do us a favour on Sunday as well.