Arsenal Must Triumph In The FA Cup If They Want A Winning Mentality

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Oxalde-Chamberlain lays down the gauntlet to his Gunners teammates.

It’s arguably Arsenals’ biggest game of the season as they take on holders Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium.

After being eliminated from the Champions League and falling off the pace in the Premier League title race, this competition is now the only chance of ending what is approaching a nine-year trophy drought at the club.

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Gunners midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is under no illusions about how important this is for the side and after teammate Santi Cazorla said there was no winning mentality at the Emirates Stadium, the England international says they need to win this tournament in order to regain that.

“Once you do get that experience of winning the first one, you automatically build confidence you can go and do it again. That experience is vital,” the 20-year-old was quoted by the Mirror.

“The squad needs that 100 per cent. I always hear commentators talking about squads that have been around and won things.

“They always mention the experience of winning, knowing what it takes.

“And they’ve only got that through winning trophies.”

Whilst Arsene Wenger’s side are certainly the favourites of the last four left in the FA Cup – Hull City and Sheffield United play the other semi-final on Sunday – beating Wigan is by no means a formality.

The Latics are the current holders of the cup after recording a shock victory over Manchester City in the final last year and they knocked out the same opponents at the quarter-final stage this term.

However, it is the north Londoners’ best opportunity to win a piece of silverware for the first time since 2005 and alleviate some of the pressure on the squad.

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