Arsene Wenger desperate for FA Cup glory

If they conquer third-tier Coventry on Friday, Gunners will be step closer to snapping their nine-year drought

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 January, 2014, 10:18pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 January, 2014, 10:18pm


Arsene Wenger expects the nine-year gap since Arsenal's last FA Cup triumph will drive the Gunners' bid to experience fresh Wembley success in May.

The Gunners face third-tier Coventry in the fourth round at the Emirates Stadium on Friday night.

Victory would move the Gunners one step closer to a trophy they last won in 2005 - Wenger's fourth success in the FA Cup.

The magic of the Cup is when you get close to the end of the competition, the dream becomes more real
Arsene Wenger

That win, against Manchester United at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, was the last time Arsenal collected major silverware, as Wenger has been regularly reminded in the intervening years.

And the French manager is desperate for his side - the current Premier League leaders - to end that drought.

"I have been lucky enough to win it four times, but unfortunately we haven't won it for a long time, so I am even more focused to do well in this competition now. I would love the club to win the FA Cup again."

Should Coventry deny Arsenal, it will rank as one of the biggest shocks in this season's competition. And Wenger said it was far too soon to be thinking about "the road to Wembley".

"I would say when you get to the quarter-finals then you think there are only two games to go before you're in the final and until then you just want to get through each game. The magic of the Cup is when you get close to the end of the competition, the dream becomes more real.

"We all had that dream as kids. We were educated by seeing people lifting cups that became our dream - to make it come true is one of our targets."

Coventry travel to Arsenal as huge underdogs, having undergone a steep decline since winning the FA Cup in 1987.

Relegated to England's third tier for the first time in their history in 2012, Coventry were deducted 10 points at the start of the campaign for entering administration.

But the Sky Blues are now a very creditable 11th in the table under manager Steven Pressley and the Scot is optimistic his side can upset the odds.

"We've had some very good training sessions and had our analysis meeting on how we are going to play against Arsenal," Pressley said. "It is going very well."