As Arsenal prepare for their third encounter with Swansea inside a couple of months both Wojciech Szczesny and Francis Coquelin have spoken about the importance of overcoming the Welsh side in this evening’s 3rd round FA Cup replay.
Michael Laudrup’s free-flowing team, spearheaded by in-form Spanish striker Michu, have already proved themselves difficult opponents this term, building on their 3-2 win at the Liberty Stadium last year with a 2-0 victory at the Emirates and the recent 2-2 draw in Wales.
Having developed something of a hex over Arsene Wenger’s squad, and with the club coming to terms with Sunday’s defeat against
Chelsea (shit…obviously I meant Man City, we don’t lose to Chelsea until next Sunday), young midfielder Coquelin has made clear it’s a must win encounter.
“After the Manchester City result it’s important to get our mood back up again and win a game,” he told Arsenal.com.
“We showed great character to come back in the game at Swansea 10 days ago, and now we have to show the same qualities. We need to win this one, and with the tough of run fixtures coming up over the next few weeks it could be really good for our confidence.
“They played very good football, but then they’re an excellent team with a very good manager in Michael Laudrup.
“They play a quick passing game and make it dangerous. It’s a similar style to ours, and I think they’ll give us another tough game.”
Wojciech Szczesny also spoke of the need to rebuild confidence following a tough start to 2013.
“We have already lost against them at the Emirates, managed to get a draw [at the Liberty Stadium] and I hope we can qualify for the next round because we realise the FA Cup could be a massive chance to win a trophy this season,” the Pole told Arsenal Player.
Given that it’s obvious we’re not going to win the Premier League and are major outsiders in the Champions League, the 23-year-old also highlighted that England’s premiere cup competition represents the most realistic chance of our ‘new’ generation ending the club’s god-forsaken trophy drought.
“We need a trophy for everyone to start believing that this club and this team are good enough to win trophies again.
“To not win anything for seven years is not good enough, any trophy would do but we realise how important the FA Cup is for the fans. We would love to do it.”
Arseblog News can’t fault the sentiment, let’s hope we’re not all talk and no trousers…again.