Gunners boss on the importance of winning silverware again.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted last season’s FA Cup triumph gave his squad a new-found energy and described the victory as ‘vital’, BBC Sport reports.
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Despite this, the Frenchman also admits he has sacrificed the competition in the past, fielding weakened sides with a view to focusing on the Champions League instead.
“The FA Cup was badly positioned before the Champions League – you always had decisions to make,” he said.
“A player who was a bit on the edge – what do you sacrifice? It was always the FA Cup in the end.
“Winning the FA Cup last season gave us energy because we had a few years without winning a trophy and on that front it was vital.
“This team has a good mentality because we had a slow start this season and every time when we lose a big game, you see how much the players are touched.”