Arsene Wenger described losing to Hull and crashing out of the FA Cup on Tuesday night as a ‘disaster’.
Arsenal are all set to win the trophy for the third year running but first we need to beat Hull – a team we’ve faced in the competition for three years in a row. By now, the Tigers are probably sick of seeing us but, as they proved at the Emirates when they drew 0-0 and forced a replay, they’re far from weak opposition.
Speaking ahead of the replay, Wenger highlighted how huge the cup is worldwide and how both teams will be fighting for it come Tuesday night.
“If we were able to do it again, it would be absolutely fantastic,” he said.
“There’s no country where the national cup is bigger.
“In Spain and France, nobody neglects it: not Barcelona, not Madrid. Everybody plays for it 100 per cent, with a top team always.
“I personally rate highly the FA Cup. I think it’s a fantastic, prestigious competition. I believe it is treated like that because when I listen to people, should we lose a game in the FA Cup, it would be a disaster. You cannot say on one side it’s undervalued, and on the other side if we lose, it’s a disaster.
“We won the FA Cup twice in the last two years. We will try to do our best again in this competition.”
The boss has often been accused of not taking the competition seriously. However, having won it the past two seasons, I’d say he’s disproved this theory. Saying this, if Arsenal do lose against Hull at the KC Stadium, further questions will be asked of the boss considering our League title chances are all but over.
With this in mind, we need to go out and get the result we need.