Liverpool legend says Arsenal's biggest FA Cup hurdle is themselves

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Jamie Carragher claims that Arsenal must ensure they avoid any kind of complacency when they play Hull City in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes that Arsenal may shoot themselves in the foot when they play Hull City in the FA Cup on Saturday evening.

The Gunners will be looking to end their nine-year trophy drought when they meet the Tigers at Wembley, and Arsene Wenger's men are widely considered to be favourites heading into the game.

Arsenal cruised past Hull with a convincing 3-0 win last month, while also claiming a 2-0 victory at the Emirates back in December.

However, Carragher, who made 737 appearances for the Reds before retiring last year, has claimed that Arsenal's biggest hurdle on the day will be themselves.

Speaking in his column in the Daily Mail, the former centre-back said: "It should be straightforward: Arsenal head into Wembley in top form, Hull have been struggling, so Arsene Wenger in all likelihood, will land that elusive trophy.

"Right? Wrong. Cup finals never play out as smoothly as you hope. Tensions and anxieties have a habit of affecting performances and Wenger will be aware that the  biggest threat to his ambitions comes from within. In many ways, Arsenal are the ones who will stop Arsenal winning.

"Complacency, more than anything, is their biggest opponent now and the comfortable 3-0 win they recorded at Hull last month might actually jeopardise their chances, rather than providing a pointer to success."

Should the Londoners triumph at Wembley then their win will certainly have been earned.

The Gunners have beaten Liverpool, Everton and local rivals Tottenham Hotspur en route to the final, although they will be wary of last year's result when unfancied Wigan Athletic stunned Manchester City 1-0.

Wenger has lost his last two finals after the 2006 Champions League defeat to Barcelona was followed up with a reverse against Birmingham City in the 2011 League Cup, and the outcome of Saturday's game could be crucial to the Frenchman's career.

Arsenal have not lifted any silverware since they beat Manchester United on penalties in the 2005 FA Cup final.

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