Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was surprisingly honest when admitting that he didn’t priorities the FA Cup in previous seasons, with the Champions League taking precedence, reports BBC Sport.
Duting Arsenal’s previous long-lasting trophy drought, manager Arsene Wenger would continue to name weak or second-string teams in the domestic cups, with one eye on their Champions League campaign. The Londoners subsequently suffered premature exits in the FA Cup in the past all too often, and the French coach recently admitted that he prioritised Europe over the FA Cup.
But the Gunners went all the way in the competition last season, despite having a tough run of games against top level Premier League sides, and they are currently 90 minutes away from the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. Manchester United stand in their way, and Wenger is desperate to retain the trophy so he won’t be resting any key players.
He knows how patient the supporters were when Arsenal failed to add to their trophy cabinet for so long, and as a result will do everything in his power to win the FA Cup again this season. However, such a mentality was not the case years ago.
“The FA Cup was badly positioned before the Champions League – you always had decisions to make. A player who was a bit on the edge – what do you sacrifice? It was always the FA Cup in the end. Sometimes as well I did not sacrifice the FA Cup years before and we paid the price because we lost one or two important players two or three days before an important game,” said Wenger.
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