David Silva and Sergio Aguero in contention to face Manchester United

The influential attacking duo were substituted during Sunday's sapping 2-1 extra-time loss to Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, prompting fears over their availability for a crunch clash with Jose Mourinho's men.

"I think the referees have to stop this", said Toure.

Speaking to BBC Sport, he said: "I want to go out the best way possible".

'Obviously you have some periods of the games where you prepare and do the right things then the game starts and it all goes completely wrong.

"We had a hard period where the team was losing. obviously you come to the situation where you play under pressure and need to find a way out".

If Arsenal do win all seven remaining games that would leave them on 78 points, which would give them a good chance of finishing within the top four.

'Sometimes you find a way out quickly, sometimes it takes a bit of time and there is damage.

"It is going to be an exciting end but one that we are more than up for". Alexis Sanchez scored the game winning goal, and once the match was over, handed his shirt to a very lucky young fan.

He added: "That (my future) is secondary, what is important is the future of the club".

"Liverpool, they lost [to Crystal Palace] but it's not finished yet".

Following the mid-week fixture, Arsenal visit White Hart Lane on Sunday to face local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who trail league leaders Chelsea by four points.

They lie seventh in the table, albeit with games in hand on the sides above them, and their situation means Cech does not believe they can afford to bask in a satisfying moment of cup success. "If we win, we are going to forget it [the Arsenal loss] but if we lose it will be more hard", he said. "With the position we are in in the league there is no other option".

"Football is a team sport and, as a manager, the biggest joy is when you feel like you have a real team performance, that was the case today and that's why I'm happy today".

"I think the referees have to stop this".

"We will improve next season, we'll be stronger, all the games away against the Premier League teams".

  • Julie Sanders