Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey: We must win FA Cup to progress

The Welsh midfielder has admitted that retaining the cup competition would show that the Gunners were improving.

Arsenal’s hopes of putting forward a prolonged Premier League title challenge were blunted in the final month of the season, but Arsene Wenger’s men still have the chance to finish the campaign with silverware.

The Gunners face Aston Villa in the FA Cup final this weekend, with the North London outfit given the chance to retain the trophy that they claimed last season.

Arsenal go into the game as overwhelming favourites, despite Tim Sherwood’s men putting in a good performance in the semi-finals to eliminate Liverpool.

Aaron Ramsey was the Emirates Stadium outfit’s hero this time last year with a winning goal at Wembley and has been speaking out about the importance of retaining the trophy.

The Wales international has stated that winning the FA Cup again in 2014-15 would show that Arsenal have progressed and can continue to win silverware.

"I think it would show a lot - it would show progression," Ramsey stated when quizzed on the importance of this weekend’s game, according to FourFourTwo.

"Obviously going that period of time without winning something, everybody associated with the club felt that pressure and wanted to get it off our backs.

"We did it last year so hopefully now we can go into this game - it's going to be a tough game, they've been going really well of late and are going to be fired up for it.

"We can't underestimate them but we will be confident that we can win it and retain the FA Cup.”

Ramsey has played a significant part in the Gunners’ improved form since the turn of the year but is not guaranteed a starting berth in the Arsenal midfield for the final due to the return of Jack Wilshere.

Arsenal finished the Premier League in third place and as such winning the FA Cup could well be the difference between a positive or negative campaign.

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