Arsene Wenger says he’s looking forward to his latest chance to break his League Cup duck having never won the tournament in his time at Arsenal.
The boss has twice led his side to the final, in 2007 and 2011, only to be defeated by Chelsea and Birmingham City respectively.
He’ll have a third opportunity to complete a domestic hat-trick on 25 February after the Gunners set up a final with Manchester City after overcoming Chelsea 2-1 on aggregate in the semis.
“Yes, I want to win it and we are out of the FA Cup where we were always focused on, so we want to focus on this trophy now,” Wenger told Arsenal.com.
“Everybody always wants to win trophies and in England, many teams can win, so it’s important that when you have an opportunity you can do it.
“It will be a difficult game certainly, but let’s prepare well for our next Premier League game, we want to get back in the top four and need to be consistent now.”
Up until last weekend, Arsenal had endured a stuttering start to 2018. The boss now believes the prospect of a Wembley final will prove to be a fillip in the weeks to come.
“It is a big lift, it is always a special day that you never forget. I believe that’s important and I’m convinced that our fans will be happy to go there and they have been there a few times. It is a good habit.”
Arsenal have won nine of their last ten visits to Wembley and will be hoping to secure a fourth trophy in five years. Obviously, Pep Guardiola’s runaway Premier League leaders represent intimidating opponents but as we proved in last year’s FA Cup semi-final, anything can happen on the day.