Aaron Ramsey says that beating Manchester City to reach the FA Cup final would go some way to salvaging something from a season that the midfielder admits has been ‘difficult’.
With top four still not out of reach but looking very difficult, winning the cup would provide a real ray of sunshine at the end of a frustrating campaign.
That in itself will be no easy feat though, because if we overcome City on Sunday, one of Sp*rs or Chelsea awaits in the final – and it could be a game in which we’re out to win a trophy and stop one of them doing the double.
“This is massive for us,” the Welsh international said. “It’s going to be important for us to finish the season strongly and hopefully have a final to look forward to.
“It has been a quite difficult season. There are a lot of things being said at the moment but we have to stand up for ourselves and get back on track as quickly as possible.
“There’s still a lot at stake and it’s important now to put ourselves right.”
Of course Ramsey scored the goal which ended our trophy drought in 2014, netting the extra-time winner against Hull City to cap a nail-biting comeback, and he’s looking for more good memories from the cup this year.
“I love this competition,” he said. “It has been good for me. I’ve played in three finals, and hopefully I could be lifting the cup for the third time.”