Wenger: People are scandalised, but I take the cup seriously

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Arsene Wenger says that people are always scandalised in football these days, and says that despite the FA Cup exit on Sunday to Nottingham Forest, it’s a competition he has always taken seriously.

The manager holds the record for most FA Cup wins ever, with seven, but says that the festive schedule, heavy rotation and a poor performance cost Arsenal at the City Ground.

He’s now looking to Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge as a way for his team to bounce back.

“We killed an opportunity to win a trophy on Sunday,” he said.

“We have another one tomorrow and of course it is important, but as well you have to say I’ve won seven times the FA Cup and on top of that people are always scandalised.

“Nobody has won the FA Cup more than me, but still it is an absolute disaster. Get somebody to win it more, and then I say, ‘OK, well done.’

“But nobody in the whole history of English football won it more, so I always took the competition in a serious way.

“I am unhappy to go out, of course, but you must accept that there’s no guarantee you will win it every year.

“The problem all came from the fact that we had three games in six days, and we had many players on the edge.”

Wenger has to decide whether or not to play Alexis Sanchez tomorrow, subject of a reported £20m bid from Man City, while Mesut Ozil is likely to miss out with an ongoing knee problem.

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