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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 March 2007, 10:43 GMT 11:43 UK
Wenger blames failures on himself
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Wenger is unhappy with his decisions this season
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says his mistakes have left the club with nothing to play for this season.

And Wenger claims he should not have tried to win every competition.

"Once we knew we were in the final of the Carling Cup we should have sacrificed the FA Cup because in the end it caught up with us," he said.

"It was a mistake on my part. In future our priority should be to qualify from the Champions League group - and then take it from there."

The Frenchman has been devastated by Arsenal's collapse on all fronts, and particulalry by early elimination from Europe - where Arsenal went out to PSV in the last 16.

"This is the first time in my time here that we do not have anything to look forward to," he said.

"We have had years where we do not win any trophies, but we have always had a cup final or a title race to come."

In future I will not play senior players in the Carling Cup

Arsene Wenger

And despite professing his love for England's domestic cup compeitions, Wenger will adopt a new strategy next season which he feels will prevent a repeat scenario.

He said: "The FA Cup is a competition we love but last year when we went out early, we reached the final of the Champions League.

"This season we had two replays in the FA Cup, one just before the PSV Champions League tie and one right in between that and the next.

"We had already given a lot, playing 17 games in December and January. Also, we had no possibility to rotate the side because we had many injuries and then all the suspensions.

"So I think it was a mistake on my part. When we drew Blackburn at home we didn't think we would go to a replay.

"When you have 60,000 fans in your own stadium you can never say you will sacrifice the game. But the replay? Perhaps I should have sacrificed it."

Wenger also revealed that in the future he will "not play senior players in the Carling Cup" to ensure the likes of Kolo Toure, Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Adebayor - who all played in the competition this season - get the chance to rest.

Fabregas, 19, has played 45 games this campaign - more than any other Arsenal player - and claims he is close to burn-out.

He said: "I am looking forward to the summer - I am counting the days. I need one summer to rest."

Wenger claims he will not field a weakened team, however, in the FA Cup and believes he will have more players available next season which will help him to do that.

He said: "I feel we will not be in the same position in future seasons where we have two strikers injured and another suspended. That gave us no possiblity to rotate."



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