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Gunners upbeat

London: Arsenal are one win away from ending a nine-year wait for silverware but must put any thought of FA Cup glory to one side as they resume their stuttering charge for a Champions League place when they host West Ham United on Tuesday.

Following an abysmal 0-3 defeat by Everton eight days ago, Arsenal lost their hold on fourth place when the Merseyside club beat Sunderland 1-0 on Saturday.

They are now on 64 points, two behind Everton with five matches remaining, and manager Arsene Wenger said Saturday’s Cup win could help put them in the right mental state for the challenge ahead.

“It was a relief, everybody was happy, just for having qualified for the final,” the Frenchman said on Monday.

“Anything different would have been very negative in our mind and now we can put that out of our mind and focus on the Premiership.”