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Football: Bayern showdown won't distract Arsenal, says Flamini

Published on Mar 7, 2014 9:29 AM
Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic (2nd right) and Javi Martinez (2nd left) jump for the ball next to Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny (left), Kieran Gibbs (centre) and Mathieu Flamini (right) during their Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match at the Emirates Stadium in London on Feb 19, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Mathieu Flamini insists Arsenal will not be distracted by next week's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich when they face Everton in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger's side will attempt to overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit when they travel to the Allianz Arena just three days after facing Roberto Martinez's side at the Emirates Stadium, with a Premier League meeting with Tottenham to follow next weekend.

But French midfielder Flamini is adamant the Gunners can cope with the intense schedule and maintain their challenge in all three competitions.

And he knows the FA Cup presents a good opportunity for the club to claim silverware for the first time since 2005.

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