Arsene Wenger is targeting a sixth FA Cup win as Arsenal manager with his side facing a repeat of last season’s final when Hull City come to north London on Sunday.
Arsenal had to come from two goals down to defeat the Tigers at Wembley in May when Aaron Ramsey scored an extra time winner to deny Steve Bruce’s plucky underdogs.
Wenger wants to retain the trophy and Arsenal are 1.32 to defeat Hull City (7.66).
“We want another cup run and we want to, if possible, keep the trophy. We have won it five times in my period in charge, so that means we know the importance that it has,” said the Frenchman.
Now into his 19th year as Arsenal manager, Wenger rubbished suggestions he would have left the club had they failed to defeat Hull in last season’s Wembley decider.
“Walk away? No. I have just won my 600th game out of 1,000 – that means I have won 60% of the games and after 18 years, you would not be serious to walk away for losing one game,” he added.
Opposite number Bruce conceded that following the hectic Christmas schedule he will be forced into making some changes to his line-up for the Emirates encounter.
“Let’s not forget that the FA Cup was magical for us last season. We couldn’t have picked a much more difficult tie to start with this time – especially after playing three games in six days – and I will freshen the side up,” Bruce said.
“We’ll see what we can do and hopefully we’ll go there and give them a good game.”