Arsene Wenger: 'Champions League and FA Cup have equal importance'

Arsene Wenger on the touchline during Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Swansea on January 6, 2013
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists that the FA Cup and Champions League have equal importance to the club.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that the club's performances in their upcoming matches will define their season.

Arsenal face Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup before playing Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday night and Wenger has insisted that both matches carry "equal importance" to the Gunners.

Wenger told reporters: "Of course these next games will define our season, that is always the case in late February and March when you have big games coming one after the next. I believe we are a better team today than we were in October and November, but I can talk and talk. What we need to do is show it on the football pitch.

"I am pleased we are playing a cup game before Bayern because sometimes your mind can be on the game on Tuesday if you play a regular game in the championship, so this is good for us.

"It is important for us to focus on both the FA Cup and the Champions League equally as we treat both competition with equal importance."

Arsenal are also four points away from fourth place in the Premier League table.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on the touchline during the FA Cup third round replay against Swansea on January 16, 2013
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