Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has urged his team mates to maintain their momentum heading into the FA Cup final with Hull City on May 17.
The Gunners wrapped up fourth spot and their place in next season’s Champions Leagues thanks to their win against the Baggies at the Emirates on Sunday.
The German international wants the north London side to continue their current form ahead of the clash against Hull City at Wembley after winning their fourth consecutive league game on Sunday.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
I think everyone is really up for the cup final and everyone really wants to win it. That is the target and we’ve got one game to go and we want to take it very seriously.
When you switch off, it’s hard to switch on again so we want to keep the focus and intensity high in training. But as you know everyone is looking forward to the last game and even more to the FA Cup final.
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It could have been worse. We managed it quite well. Obviously [Everton’s result on Saturday meant] it was sure that we would finish in fourth but I think at the start we tried to take possession and give our best.
You could see that we created a few chances and deserved to be 1-0 up. In the second half we had quite a few chances to score the second but we didn’t do it so it’s obvious that it was going to be tough until the end.
They had quite a few chances but there was always a foot in-between and we managed to deal with a difficult situation. We are happy with the clean sheet again after that Newcastle match and overall it was fine season from our side.
Arsenal will have a great chance to end their nine year trophy drought by lifting the FA Cup. Hull aren’t the toughest of opponents to be facing in the final but when you are seeking to end a trophy drought you need to treat every opponent as though they are the best team in the world.
The result will likely have a major effect on the club beyond adding to the trophy cabinet. It may be 2 weeks away but that game is undoubtedly at the front of every Arsenal fan’s mind. A positive result may well act as a stepping stone to a much more positive future and the impact it has in terms of personnel and team mentality will be invaluable.
Winning breeds more winning and doing so in the FA Cup would make the club seem that much stronger and it will also help us in consistently keeping our best players meanwhile attract better players, at the very least. The effect of winning the Cup would go some way to helping the club regain some of its lost status within the world game.
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