Apr 12, 2014 at 5.07pm UK at ​Wembley
WiganWigan Athletic
1-1
Arsenal
Gomez (63' pen.)
Gomez (79'), McArthur (90'), Collison (90'), Beausejour (120')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Arsenal win 4-2 on penalties

Arsene Wenger: 'Victory will help rebuild confidence'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger prior to kick-off against Crystal Palace on October 26, 2013
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that the club's progress to the final of the FA Cup will help to rebuild confidence.

Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal's progress to the FA Cup final will help to rebuild the club's 'jaded confidence'.

The Gunners fell behind against Wigan Athletic at Wembley to Jordi Gomez's 63rd-minute penalty, before Per Mertesacker equalised with nine minutes remaining.

Following a goalless period of extra time, Arsenal went on to win the semi-final on penalties against the Championship side.

"The win will rebuild the confidence which was very jaded, I'm confident we will respond well," Wenger is quoted as saying by talkSPORT. "We were under a lot of pressure to win today. We needed to be resilient against a really strong Wigan side.

"My emotions were going through the roof and unfortunately that takes a few days off your life. I suffered less during the penalties than during the game, but when it finishes well you don't mind too much. We did it and we were calm in the shoot-out which was fantastic.

"It will give us a target for the end of the season and it allows us to focus on the Premier League in a more serene way. We had the nerve and the mental strength that has been questioned recently, that's why I'm happy they gave that response. I was never worried about that, but you have to show it in the great occasion."

Arsenal will face either Sheffield United or Hull City in next month's final, with the pair meeting tomorrow.

Per Mertesacker of Arsenal wheels away in delight after scoring the equaliser against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on April 12, 2014
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