Five reasons Arsenal must take the FA Cup seriously
Arsenal travel to EFL Cup finalists Southampton this evening hoping to ruin a brilliant week for the Saints by putting them out of the more prestigious English competition: the FA Cup.
Claude Puel’s side saw off Liverpool in the semi-final of the EFL Cup on Wednesday night to book their place at Wembley to face Manchester United.
For Arsenal, the FA Cup probably presents their best opportunity of silverware given how tough competition is in the Premier League and Champions League – Chelsea are streaking ahead in the title race and the Gunners have an incredibly tough tie against Bayern Munich in Europe.
The Gunners have found success in the cup in recent years and it’s been a happy hunting ground for silverware at the Emirates Stadium, with two wins in three years.
Wenger excluded a number of his top stars for the trip to Preston North End, opting to rest them against Championship opposition but it’s now time to take the competition seriously. Southampton are no mugs and have already put Wenger’s side out of a cup this season.
Here are FIVE reasons why Arsenal must take the FA Cup seriously this season…