Wenger vows to respect Arsenal’s ‘old pal’ the FA cup

There is no doubt that the FA cup has been good to Arsenal over the years, but perhaps it has been even more so to our current manager, so in this modern age of football when a lot of the big clubs have been accused of showing the oldest cup competition in the world a lack of respect, Arsene Wenger is determined not to follow suit.

In the preview ahead of our third round clash with Preston North End today, reported on the Arsenal website, the Frenchman did admit that it was tempting to take it easy and let the whole squad have a rest after a typically congested festive fixture schedule. But he feels that this would not be right even though Arsenal have our usual heavy list of walking wounded.

The fact that Wenger shares the record of most successful FA cup manager ever with another Arsenal boss George Ramsay gives him a good reason to love the famous old trophy, as does the fact that no club has won it more than the Gunners and that our recent back to back triumphs at Wembley ended the long wait for silverware that was becoming a massive monkey on his back.

He said, “I just believe that the cup is more intense, more concentrated, more focused on the day than any other competition.

“It’s always that day or never and I love that. I’ve won the cup in every country I’ve worked in and, for me, it’s something special. It’s always a special opportunity.

“You always remember a Wembley final, an FA Cup final, and you always have to adapt very quickly to a problem which you may not always know. You do not always play against teams you know well, so your adaptation level and your concentration level is tested.

“We have to prepare well. I believe it’s a special period which always comes after a congested Christmas period and, naturally, you want to switch off a little bit to have a breather.

“But it’s very important that you make a conscious effort to focus, because every time it’s a tricky game. Let’s hope we get it right again.

“Preston v Arsenal is a classic cup tie scenario. It’s maybe what makes football interesting, because it’s the only sport where the difference of divisions does not play a part on the day. Football is more unpredictable than any other sport and that’s why it creates such an interest.

“I think when you do not win a trophy for a while, you have things questioned. I believe that [winning the cup] gave us some better ground to focus again on what we want to achieve and to build our team.

“It gave the team the feeling that they can win trophies. People always want more – and rightly so.”

So even though Wenger has chosen not to take our star striker Alexis Sanchez in order to give him a well earned rest, it sounds like he is going to field a strong side at Preston to make sure that our love affair with the FA cup continues at least a little while longer.



  1. kabeer says:

    we need all hands on deck this second half of the season if we are to achieve any honors.

    We cannot afford to take the FA cup lightly. It might be the only cup we manage to win this season.

  2. legend Henry says:

    Arsenal is known not to take anything lightly.
    We just cannot win it .That’s all.

  3. legend Henry says:

    off topic
    Reading the comments like josh37 ny gunner and other ….. masquerading as arsenal fans make me sick.
    They don’t argue with facts.Their god Wenger has blinded them.
    Out with your god Wenger!!!

    1. Tidan2 says:

      You really set them straight there.

  4. goonerwineverything says:

    Much like the last time wenger was at the end of his contact year its all in for any back up trophy just Incase he bottles the league title once again. its just an contract extension stich up (a get out clause) to say he is still winning a cup. But it the league which we all really want. But fa cup still has it place in our cabinet as part of a double set coygs

  5. Okayblack says:

    I don’t care what you think, I want Wenger Out come, pls he can take Ramsey along! Win FA cup or not I’m tired of same things, same excuse season in season out! Arsenal can win Premier League, Champions League, but just not under Wenger. We deserve bragging rights, we’re a top Team in England.

  6. Okayblack says:

    I want Wenger Out come**end of the season **

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