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FA Cup: Arsenal need to be more ruthless, says Arsene Wenger

Wenger wants Arsenal to show efficiency in front of the goal against Barcelona after failing to penetrate Hull in their FA Cup clash

London: Arsene Wenger accepted his Arsenal side must be more ruthless against Barcelona than they were against Hull when the Champions League holders arrive at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger shouts instructions during their FA Cup clash against Hull City at the Emirates Stadium, London on Saturday. Pic/AFP
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger shouts instructions during their FA Cup clash against Hull City at the Emirates Stadium, London on Saturday. Pic/AFP

Wenger's team were held to a scoreless draw by Hull City in the fifth round of the FA Cup ahead of their Champions League last 16 tie against the Catalans. "We need to be efficient in the final third because we have more than 70 percent possession and we will not get that against Barcelona," said Wenger.

"So that means we will have to be more efficient because we will not have as much of the ball," added Wenger, whose team are bidding to become the first club since the 19th Century to win the FA Cup three years in a row.

"I was excited about the game but of course Tuesday is an exciting game," said the 66-year-old. "We started favourites today (Saturday), we won't be on Tuesday night, so, we need to great solidarity because we need to defend well, we know that, and make the maximum of our possession what we didn't do today."

Ozil fit to play against Barcelona
The manager revealed Mesut Ozil has been suffering from a cold all week but insisted the Germany international would be fit to face Barcelona.

"I rested Ozil because he has played many games from the start of the season and when I can do it, I do it. Ozil was a bit sick over the week so I decided to leave him out. he'll be alright. He had a cold. It's nothing major."

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