With the league title out of reach and huge competition in the Champions League, the FA Cup looks like being Arsenal’s best chance at silverware this season.
And while it might not have been the top priority at the start of the campaign, Arsene Wenger says he’ll be going all out to win it, because it’s a competition he ‘loves’.
Speaking at his pre-Villa press conference, the boss said, “If you look at my record, you will see the FA Cup is important for me. It’s a competition I love, a top class trophy.
“If you look at the record of all the other teams, I think our record is better than all of them over the past 15 years.
“Even last year we went for four trophies. I think we always try to go for everything and for a long, long time last year we went for trophies late in the season. Still we will try to do the same and try to win the FA Cup.”
Under Wenger Arsenal have been in five FA Cup finals, winning four and losing out in 2001 when Liverpool became the first team in the competition’s history to play with two goalkeepers.
Meanwhile, when it was put to him that the team needed the support of the fans after Sunday’s boostravaganza, Wenger said it was up to them to get the fans back onside.
“I always believe the fans’ reaction depends on us,” he said. “It is the team which has to get the fans behind them, and the fans have to be proud of the team.
“The vibes have to come from us.”