Arsene Wenger is looking forward to facing United.

“History always has a little part to play,” said Wenger. “I believe both teams Manchester United and Arsenal,always produce very exciting games. Both like to go forward. It will be a promising semi-final. We’re relishing the challenge. It’s maybe 55% in favour of the side at home in the second game in terms of going through. What’s interesting is both teams have the same programme – a game in hand to play, an FA Cup semi-final, so how much we can manage to be physically well on the day will have a big impact.”

The other English tie turned out to be a goal-fest, with a total of twelve goals being scored over the two legs, but Wenger is quick to play down a repeat of that in the United vs Arsenal semis ahead.

“Sometimes a minus and a minus makes a plus. Sometimes two attacking teams can cancel each other out,” he added. “I would not like to speculate on any weakness of Manchester United. They will be strong, but it should encourage us to be at our best.”