Although Arsenal head in to the FA Cup Final as bookies’ favourites, Danny Welbeck has told his teammates it won’t be easy and labelled Tom Cleverley and Fabian Delph as two players that could hurt them on the day.
Talking to Arsenal.com, the former Manchester United striker admitted anything can happen in the final and declared the winner will be the team who wants it most on the day.
“It’s who wants it most on the day and it’s going to be a very difficult game,’’ said Welbeck. ‘’They’ve got talented players all over the pitch and there’s a lot of young talent there.
“I know quite a few of them like Fabian Delph and Tom Cleverley pretty well, and I know that they’re players who can really change a game at any moment. It’s going to be difficult.
“To get to an FA Cup final is huge for the club and we obviously want to go out there to try and win as many trophies as possible. I’m looking forward to the game and I’m sure everyone’s going to be well prepared for that.”
According to the Guardian, the England striker is likely to miss the game and could just be warning his teammates to keep an eye on Villa’s danger men.
Christian Benteke will, of course, be dubbed the key player for Villa in the build up to the game but, as Welbeck said, it’s important not to overlook the other players in Tim Sherwood’s side who have hit form at the right time.
Cleverley, Grealish and Delph will all be looking to put their names in the West Midlands side’s history book when they play each other this weekend as Arsene Wenger will be looking to capture his second FA Cup trophy in two years.
Both sides have picked up nine points from a possible 18 in their last six Premier League games and will have the belief that they can win the match on the day.
Most of the pressure will be on Arsenal and Wenger, naturally, but Sherwood will also know what an FA Cup win could do for his own reputation at his new club.