Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has claimed that winning the FA Cup on Saturday could be a “great turning point” for the club.
The Gunners have not won a major trophy since 2005, when incidentally they clinched the FA Cup. In the last nine years, the North London club have come close to lifting the League Cup (in 2007 and 2011) and the Champions League (in 2006), but they have always failed to go the extra mile.
This time Arsene Wenger’s side have a great chance to finally taste trophy success. On Saturday, Arsenal will take on Hull City in the final of FA Cup. The 2006 Champions League finalists will head into the contest as favourites and have already prepared an open-top bus for victory parade.
Last month Arsenal defeat Hull 3-0 at the KC Stadium in the Premier League and also have a squad that is much better than the Tigers. No wonder the Gunners believe that finally they can win something, which Arteta insists could just change the whole outlook of the former English champions.
‘Of course when you win a trophy it will look very different for us’, Arsenal’s official website quotes him as saying. ‘With the history we have in the last eight or nine years without any trophies at all obviously it can be a great turning point... In my opinion this is something else than just a final and a trophy’.
However, Arsenal should be wary of getting ahead of themselves. In 2011 against Birmingham City in the League Cup final, they were the favourites too, but it ended in agony. Moreover, Hull are looking to claim their first major trophy for 110 years and will be hungry as well.
Perhaps more than Hull, Arsenal need to win the final on Saturday. For a club as big and famous as them, their lack of success for almost a decade is really not good enough for the fans. As Santi Cazorla said recently, the Gunners lack a winning mentality. Victory over Hull on Saturday could just bring that back.