Mikel Arteta says he’s keen to taste success in the FA Cup as a coach having experienced it as a player.
The Spaniard played the full 120 minutes of the final against Hull City in 2014 as he captained the Gunners to a first trophy in nine years in 2014.
An injury meant he had to watch from the sidelines when we secured a second successive trophy a year later but he knows full well how enjoyable a trip to Wembley can be.
Speaking after his side secured safe passage to the competition’s last-16 with a 2-1 win over Bournemouth, the boss played up the importance of a cup run.
“It gives you a lift,” he told his post-game press conference.
“You go an extra round and look at the next opponent. You are closer to Wembley which is a magnificent day, let’s go step by step but they are really willing.
“I had that experience as a player, and I want to experience it as a manager now.”
On his side’s performance at the Vitality Stadium, he added: “I am very pleased. I knew it was going to be tough here.
“We played a really young squad today and I wanted to see the reaction. I’m very pleased because I saw a lot of things that I really liked.”
Arsenal are the most successful club in FA Cup history with 13 wins in total. Seven of those were secured during Arsene Wenger’s 22-year tenure. A tall order for Arteta to emulate.
Asked how he was finding life in the dugout compared to as a player, Arteta joked: “You sleep worse, for sure, before the games. It’s a completely different life you know.
“I’m pleased with today’s performance, but let’s go step by step and see where we get.”