ARSENE Wenger believes Arsenal have quickly regained their focus after losing last weekend’s carling Cup final to Birmingham City.
Sunderland visit the Emirate on Saturday before the Gunners take a one-goal advantage into the second leg of their Champions League showdown in Barcelona next week.
Last night, Nicklas Bendtner's hat-trick was complemented by efforts from Marouane Chamakh and Gael Clichy as Wenger's side secured an imposing 5-0 win over Leyton Orient in the FA Cup.
While the victory may have been against an npower League One side, the Frenchman played up the importance of the result.
"It was important, of course, that we had a response after what happened over the weekend," Wenger said.
"We did it in a professional way; we always focused and didn't give them any chances. Overall it was a normal victory.
"If you look back we have a long run of positive results but it was important that we did not let ourselves down to give us a good chance to focus on the coming weeks.
"We have Sunderland on Saturday, Barcelona on Tuesday and then the quarter-final of the FA Cup. It keeps us well focused."
The victory over the Os sets up a mouth-watering tie with Barclays Premier League title rivals Manchester United on March 12.
Wenger admitted he was looking forward to the Old Trafford clash but insisted it was nothing to do with the clubs' traditional rivalry.
"Not just because it's Manchester United, because that means we are in the race," he said. "I enjoy that.
"It's difficult to say how we approach this game, how they approach this game.
"For us, it will be after Barcelona and for them it will be before the Champions League.
"Of course, the result at Barcelona will have an influence on that as well."