Arsenal's Lukas Podolski tweets on Wigan's shock FA Cup win

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Arsenal face Wigan Athletic in the next round.

Arsenal face the least frightening of the two potential FA Cup semi-final opponents they were drawn against, thanks to Manchester City's surprise defeat to Wigan.

For the second time in 12 months, City were knocked out of the cup by Wigan Athletic, now in the Championship.

The results boosts Arsenal's chances to win the FA Cup, with bookies listing them as short as 8/15 to win the trophy in May, with Hull City and Sheffield United contesting the other semi-final.

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has acknowledged City's win, but he is not getting ahead of himself.

A warning is just what it is for the Gunners, and Wigan won't be overawed, having lifted the trophy last year thanks to a Ben Watson winner.

Arsenal knocked out their winning manager at the weekend, Roberto Martinez, as they downed Everton 4-1 at The Emirates.

This game will be played on neutral turf, at Wembley, and unlike Wigan Arsenal won't have fond memories of their last visit.

Birmingham City beat them 2-1 in the Carling Cup Final thanks to a late mix-up between Wojciech Szczesny and Laurent Koscielny, and Arsenal will have to cope with the tag of being very heavy favourites in order to negotiate two banana skins in order to lift their first silverware since winning the FA Cup in 2005. 

Podolski's attitude is the right one, the last thing needed right now is players getting ahead of themselves as they seek to break their trophy doubt, in what is being billed as a golden chance to do so.

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