Martinez admits league survival on the mind ahead of FA Cup final

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has admitted that although featuring in the FA Cup final this weekend, survival in the Premier League is still key.

The Latics have had a very successful cup campaign, which has seen them defeat Everton and Millwall to set up a final against Manchester City on Saturday.

However, despite Martinez guiding the club to their first ever FA Cup final, the Spaniard admits that the Premier League is never far from their minds:

“Getting to the FA Cup final is a real achievement and now we are there we want to win it because otherwise it will be an unhappy experience. I would say that I feel most proud, though, when the team and I finish a season having achieved all our aims.

“At the moment, however, that is still all up in the air for us. What we do know is that we have the opportunity to create our proudest season ever by winning the FA Cup, but we are also fighting relegation so it’s paramount that we achieve our aim in the league to make it a fulfilling season.”

Wigan have won just one of their past six league matches, against West Brom, and currently sit 18th, in the relegation zone, and three points behind 17th place Newcastle, with two to play.

They face Arsenal on Tuesday night at the Emirates, and then host Aston Villa in the final match of the season.

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