Arsenal Defender Mertesacker Says Losing FA Cup Final To Hull City Would Not Be Disastrous

Posted by

The BFG says it would be harsh to describe the campaign as a failure if the Gunners end up without a trophy. 

Check in to Arsenal vs Hull City

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has said that it would not be a “disaster” if Arsenal failed to win this season’s FA Cup.

The Gunners have not won a major trophy since 2005 and have lost three finals since then.

Arsene Wenger’s side will have an excellent chance to end their silverware drought when they face Hull City at Wembley Stadium next Saturday, but Mertesacker does not think the game is ‘make or break’.

The North Londoners went into today’s final round of Premier League fixtures seven points behind leaders Manchester City.

However, having secured fourth place and, with it, a 17th successive campaign in the Champions League, Mertesacker reckons that it would be unfair to label this season as a failure if his side were to lose at Wembley next weekend.

“That would be a bit harsh,” Mertesacker told The Sun. “It wouldn’t be a disaster, but our expectations are now absolutely to win the cup.

“I am not here to say that I believe we are going to fail.”

Mertesacker has made 91 Premier League appearances since joining Arsenal from Werder Bremen in August 2011.
The 29-year-old, who has been capped 96 times by Germany at senior international level, has never won a major trophy during his professional career.
He was part of the Bremen side that came second in the Bundesliga in 2008 and was a UEFA Cup runner-up a year later.
Mertesacker has twice helped Germany finish third in the World Cup – in 2006 and 2010. He was also a losing finalist with his country at Euro 2008.
More Stories Arsenal FC Hull City FC