Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes a win in last season’s FA Cup final was ‘vital’ for his players, BBC Sport reports.
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The Frenchman is pleased to have ended the Gunners’ long wait for silverware with a win over Hull City at Wembley last May, but also admits to having taken the competition less seriously in the past.
“The FA Cup was badly positioned before the Champions League – you always had decisions to make,” he said.
“A player who was a bit on the edge – what do you sacrifice? It was always the FA Cup in the end.
“Winning the FA Cup last season gave us energy because we had a few years without winning a trophy and on that front it was vital.
“This team has a good mentality because we had a slow start this season and every time when we lose a big game, you see how much the players are touched.”