Arsene Wenger praised the fighting spirit of his players following their 2-1 FA Cup victory over Liverpool yesterday, reports the Express.

The Gunners can now head into their Champions League clash with Bayern Munich high on confidence, after bouncing back from a 5-1 hammering at Anfield, and a disappointing 0-0 draw with Manchester United.

Goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski were enough to send Arsenal through to the quarter finals, despite a Steven Gerrard penalty halving the deficit, and the Reds being denied what looked a blatant second penalty by Howard Webb.

Wenger made seven changes to the team that were held by Manchester United on Wednesday, and confirmed those were for medical reasons.

Jack Wilshere, Bacary Sagna and Tomas Rosicky are all expected to return for the clash with Bayern on Wednesday.

“It was vital to respond to the disappointing performance at Liverpool last week,” Wenger said.

“I’m very pleased with the intensity, commitment and determination. You could feel a clinical desire in my team to take every opportunity to kill them.

“It was a fantastic FA Cup tie between two good teams. Many people questioned the FA Cup but today it delivered a great match.

“Liverpool are a very strong team. They had some chances but we had some very good chances as well. They were in a position where they had to take the initiative because they were 2-0 down. They had to throw absolutely everything forward and they are good enough to create chances against any team.

“But we were resilient, focused on defending well and overall they could have scored, but every time we won the ball we felt we always had a chance to score as well.”

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