Mikel Arteta has predicted that Arsenal will dominate English football in the near future, starting with a win in this weekend’s FA Cup Final, Daily Star reports.
Arsenal have gone nine years without a trophy and the Spanish midfielder believes the players must take blame for being unable to keep up in the title race this season.
However Arteta believes a final victory over Hull City on Saturday would make up for their Premier League collapse, as well as herald a start to their glory years.
“With the history we have over the last nine years with no trophies at all, the Cup final will be a great turning point,” he said.
“It will decide whether this season has been a success or a failure. Could it lead to a new era? I hope so.
“In the league we have done better than we did last season and two seasons ago.
“But we killed ourselves because we had two or three bad results against big teams away from home. In the Cup we have a chance to put it right.
“It’s only going to get harder. The competition just to get into the Champions League is going to be massive.
“When you get to that line and you win a trophy, it creates a lot of confidence. It builds something special between the players, the staff, the fans.”
Arteta’s team was involved in an FA Cup final before, when Everton played Chelsea back in 2009.
But the 32-year-old was sidelined with a knee injury, powerless to help as the Toffees succumbed to a 2-1 loss.