Mikel Arteta: 'Arsenal have to win FA Cup'

Arsenal's Mikel Arteta celebrates after scoring the opening goal via the penalty spot against Crystal Palace on October 26, 2013
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Mikel Arteta says that Arsenal must win the FA Cup due to a belief that the triumph would lay the foundations for further success.

Mikel Arteta believes that Arsenal must win the FA Cup due to a belief that the triumph would lay the foundations for further success.

Arsene Wenger's men face Championship outfit Wigan Athletic at Wembley on Saturday knowing that they are odds-on favourites to win the competition, with Hull City and League One's Sheffield United set to contest the other last-four clash.

The Gunners are the in the middle of a nine-year trophy drought, and Arteta claims that bringing an end to that infamous barren spell would open the floodgates of major honours for the North Londoners.

"We want to win it," the Spaniard told The Mirror. "Do we have to win it? Probably we do. But we really want to win it as it will mean a turning point for the club.

"You complete a season and win something, you get some confidence and everything starts rolling."

Next week's encounter is scheduled to kick off at 5.07pm to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Arsenal's Mikel Arteta in action against Wigan during their Premier League match on May 14, 2013
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