Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal must find a way to maintain focus if they’re to stand a chance of winning the FA Cup this season.
The Gunners could only hold onto their hard fought lead against Swansea for two minutes at the Liberty Stadium before settling for a 2-2 draw and a replay at the Emirates on Wednesday week.
Reflecting on the sloppy defending which pre-empted Danny Graham’s equaliser, and which has all too often pockmarked our season, the Spanish midfielder laid down the gauntlet to his teammates.
“It’s a great chance to win a trophy,” Arteta told Arsenal Player. “We don’t want to miss it.
“We improved a lot in the second half [against Swansea]. We had many chances to finish the game earlier, but then suddenly with one mistake they scored the first goal.
“We kept going and showed a lot of character to get back into the game, score and go ahead. But then we conceded a sloppy one again.
“I think we were the better team. We dominated possession better than them and created more chances. We deserved to win the game and that’s why we’re disappointed.
“We’re on a good run. We’re disappointed with the draws in the last two games as we could have won both of them but I thought in the second half we played very good football.”
In other news, Johan Djourou has revealed that Per Mertesacker advised him on the benefits of joining Hannover before also admitting that his spell of bad form as an auxiliary right-back took its toll on his self-confidence last term.
The Swiss centre-back completed his loan move to the Bundesliga at the weekend and will spend the rest of the season in Germany ahead of a possible permanent move in the summer.
“Per is a good friend. He told me many positive things about Hannover 96 and he said that I should go there,” Djourou told Bild.
“Last season I had to play right back and I lost a little self-confidence.
“I have a good athletic quality and I play aggressively. I always want to play and in Hannover there’s a good opportunity for me to do that. It´s the perfect club for me.”
Arseblog News couldn’t help but chuckle when we found Johan was already doing his bit for 96 TV (Hannover’s version of Arsenal Player) – the perfect club indeed. His German is a little rusty, but the smile is still winning…