Wednesday, 9th April, 2014

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny insists he knows just how important Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Wigan is to the club's fans.

The Gunners have not won a trophy since 2005 and, having been knocked out of the Champions League and pushed out of the Premier League title race in recent months, only have the FA Cup to aim for.

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Standing in the way of a spot in the final are last year's winners Wigan. But Szczesny insists the Gunners know the importance of making sure they find a way to navigate the Latics.

"It's huge – we know that we’re in a very strong position to win the FA Cup this year, and we're two games away from doing so", the goalkeeper explained to his club's site.


"We're at Wembley so we know how important it is for the fans and all the players. I hope it's going to be a very positive day for the club."

Szczesny also claims Arsenal have matured from their last cup final appearance, which came in the 2011 League Cup, and resulted in a loss to Birmingham City.

"We had a bad experience recently at Wembley in the League Cup final", he conceded.

"But [we’ve matured] a lot and we’ve got a lot more experienced players. Also I think that the likes of Jack [Wilshere] and Aaron Ramsey and myself were only 18 or 19 at the time.

"We’re three years older now, we've got three years of experience under our belt and we're more prepared for it."

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