Wenger: FA Cup relieved Arsenal pressure

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted winning two trophies in three months – the FA Cup at the end of last season and the Community Shield at the start of the new campaign – has lifted the pressure on the team and the club, BBC Sport has reported.

The Gunners beat Hull City in May to land the FA Cup at Wembley then returned to the national stadium to face Premier League champions Manchester City in August’s annual curtain raiser, claiming two pieces of silverware in quick succession after going nine years without any.

“It has taken a little bit the weight off our shoulders,” Wenger said of the club’s recent success, adding that success in the Premier League is the next objective. The long-serving boss warned, however, that it won’t arrive easily. “We have to take more points from the top teams and that will be our real challenge this year,” he continued.

“We finished fourth last year with 79 points. Man City won it with 86. So it was very tight in the top four,” Wenger added. “That’s one or two games. If you win against them they have three points less and you have three points more. That means then it’s down to one game. It will be a tough competition again.”

Wenger has been in charge of Arsenal since 1996 and the end of the 2013-14 season marked a decade since Arsenal’s last title victory. Arsenal were unbeaten in the league that season and finished 11 points clear of Chelsea, 30 points ahead of last year’s runners-up Liverpool and 49 points better off than City, who ended the year in 16th place.

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