Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup clash with Hull City, shot-stopper Wojciech Szczesny has admitted that his side were fortunate to lift the trophy last season.
The Gunners host the Tigers in a repeat of last season’s final which the Londoners won 3-2, but their Polish number one feels the luck started long before that memorable comeback win at Wembley.
Leading up to the final, Arsene Wenger’s men navigated themselves through some tricky ties against the likes of North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and fellow title challengers Liverpool.
Nobody can say that the Emirates outfit were handed easy ties, yet the venue on route to the final had a familiar look as they never played a single tie outside of London.
All it takes is to win six matches from the third round onwards to lift the trophy. Last season, the Gunners played four of those at the Emirates and the final two in-front of a packed Wembley stadium.
“We were very lucky that we got to play every single game at home last year, which was a massive advantage and part of the reason we got to the end,” Szczesny admitted to Arsenal.com.
“We will be confident but I’m sure they [Hull City] will want revenge.”
It took nine years for the Gunners to end their trophy drought by lifting the FA Cup, and without being overly negative it’s the same trophy which manager Arsene Wenger can only realistically expect to win this season.
Finishing in the top four has always been Wenger’s bread and butter, but the sudden increase in pressure and expectation could prompt the Frenchman to go the extra mile in his bid to retain the trophy.