Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta will take the team to Bramall Lane tomorrow with the intention of beating Sheffield United and qualifying for the FA Cup Semi Final.
Manchester United beat Norwich in extra time to go through and Arteta has experience of winning big cup matches in extra time, as he was a part of the Arsenal teams that won the FA Cup in 2014 in extra time.
“What we did in recent years is pretty remarkable and difficult to achieve because it’s a lot of games and a lot of tricky situations that you have to go through. But game management is a really important thing in these times and we need to know how to play the 90 minutes, the extra-time and sometimes the penalties. It’s a mind game as well, this competition.”Mikel Arteta – June 26. 2020
Arteta was Arsenal’s vice captain in 2014, but wore the armband in the dramatic 3-2 victory against Hull. The head coach played all 120 minutes and played his part in a huge victory for the club.
Arteta will stress to his players that trying to win the FA Cup is a beautiful feeling and worth pushing through the physical barriers to progress – regardless of the congested fixture list.
“I will try to transmit how beautiful it is, a lot of the players haven’t experienced what Wembley means and I have to try to convince them that it’s worth the effort to go again after three days, after the effort they put in at Southampton. I am sure they are very willing to do that, the rewards are really really nice and let’s try to go again and try.”Mikel Arteta – June 26. 2020
With Arsenal out of the Europa League and Liverpool having already won the Premier League this season, the FA Cup is the only opportunity Arsenal have this season to win any silverware.
Do Arsenal have a realistic opportunity to win the FA Cup this season or should Arteta focus on the Premier League and try to qualify for Europe that way? Can this Arsenal squad do both?
Photo: Matt Jones (2016)