Arsenal have to take the FA Cup “very seriously” and become “addicted” to winning, says head coach Mikel Arteta. The Gunners host Leeds United in the third round on Monday a fixture that reminds most Arsenal fans about the return of the King, Thierry Henry.
Ex-captain Arteta returned to Arsenal last month, signing a three-and-a-half-year deal to succeed Unai Emery and many say that his Arsenal side now have a bit of style as compared to before.
“We have to be challenging for the cups and we’ll try to do that again this season,” said Arteta.
Arsenal have won the FA Cup a record 13 times, three of which have come in the past six years. Former midfielder Arteta started their 2014 final victory and was also a winner in 2015, though he missed the showpiece at Wembley.
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“It is a competition that is very attached to this football club in recent years and we have to take it very seriously,” said the 37-year-old Spaniard.
“I think winning brings togetherness, and when you have beautiful experiences together and you win trophies, those experiences stay within that group.
“After you win, you don’t want to stop winning. You become addicted to that – and that is what we have to try and implement at this club.”
Forward Gabriel Martinelli and full-back Hector Bellerin have been nursing hamstring problems and will both be assessed before Monday’s game at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal managed a win against old rivals Manchester United on New Years night and Mikel Arteta will be hoping that his team can use that as a continuation to improve.
Nicolas Pepe who has been a shadow of his Lille days was a marvel to watch against United while outcast Granit Xhaka put up one his best shows for the club.
For Arteta and the club, a win today will definitely continue to bolster the confidence in the team that is just rebuilding and suffering with many injuries to the defenders.
Leeds United manager Marcelo Biesla was all hips and praise for Ivorian start Nicolas Pepe and says a lot is yet to come from him.
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