A legendary Arsenal star has warned the current selection not to become complacent on Saturday, at Wembley Stadium, against Hull City.
"For the fans, for the club, for the board, for Arsene Wenger, the final is very important," said Arsenal's former cavalier winger Robert Pires, as quoted by The Telegraph.
Arsenal contend the FA Cup final on Saturday, May 17 at Wembley Stadium against Hull City. Considering the gauntlet run of opponents the Gunners have already cannoned off - like Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Everton - it stands to logic that they should oversee Hull, however, they may well be encumbered by the pressure of expectation to deliver.
Wenger has, of course, navigated a way into tournament finals since Arsenal last won a trophy, in 2005, such as the Champions League final in 2006, the League Cup final in 2007 and also in 2011 - yet the club returned a hat-trick of losses to Barcelona, Chelsea and Birmingham City.
Pires, now 40 and retired but a proven winner in his playing days having collected two Premier League titles and three FA Cup winners medals, continued: "It is very important psychologically because every player knows it is very hard to win any title, especially after a long time.
"Everybody at Arsenal knows big pressure is on the shoulders of the players because we need to win, to concentrate and focus but they must keep focused on the final," he said, warning against complacency, "it is not an easy game. We won 3-0 [at Hull] a few weeks ago, but the Premier League and FA Cup final is totally different."
One player who could impact the outcome of the match is club record purchase Mesut Ozil who, while returning sublime statistics, is yet to achieve consistency and fully adapt to the physicality and unrelenting nature of the Premier League and it's fixture list.
"I like Ozil," Pires commented. "He is a very good player, with quality. When you come to England, it is very difficult because the football is completely different."
He then likened Ozil's Arsenal experience thus far to his own after a similar period in 2000 after transferring from Marseille: "For me, it was very difficult for six or seven months. When I see Mesut, I say he has had a good first Premier League season, and next season, he will be much better.
"After six or seven months, it gets easier."