Wenger admits his “shock” at Arsenal being 2-0 down

Arsenal came back to earn a well-deserved FA Cup winners medal yesterday, but Arsene Wenger admitted that he was very worried when his team were 2-0 down after just nine minutes against a mid-table Hull side.

He said after the game: “We made a demonstration of how to respond to being 2-0 down, and a demonstration of how not to start a cup final!”

“I was shocked. We were a bit hesitant and you wonder if the shock would be too hard, but this team has a special spirit and a special togetherness to respond.”

Arteta – Arsenal have no fear about winning the Cup

The veteran Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta does not think that the Gunners’ nine-year long wait for a trophy will affect the players mindset ahead of todays FA Cup Final against Hull City at Wembley today.

And the Spaniard is not happy that Jose Mourinho accused Arsene Wenger of being a Specialist In Failure, especially after his manager’s long record of success with Arsenal. Arteta said: “For some people success is only to win a trophy and nothing else matters.

“But analyse everything Arsene Wenger has done for this club, and if you think he is a failure, then I have a different opinion.

Podolski – Arsenal WILL win the Cup Final!

It is good to see confidence running through the Arsenal team, and after beating Hull City convincingly twice already this season, there is no reason to think we could lose this time around. Lukas Podolski obviously feels the same way as I do!

He said: “We are on a good run and are favourites.

“We play very well in the last five or six matches so we go to Wembley with thousands of our fans and we must play like in our last matches.

Gibbs – Arsenal have a hunger to win the Cup Final!

The Arsenal left-back is happy that he himself has had his best season yet for the Gunners, and he also thinks that this is the best squad that Wenger has assembled since he joined back in 2007 and are finally ready to win their first trophy.

He said: “I feel this has been my best season numbers-wise and stats-wise.

“I had a bit of a dip at the start of the year but managed to finish off strongly and I’m just looking forward to the cup final and to next season.

Koscielny reveals why `Wenger trophy` is vital to Arsenal players

Arsenal got a lot of stick last season, a lot of it from their own fans and former players, for the way they celebrated on the final day of the Premier League season up at Newcastle. Laurent Koscielny scored the vital goal that put the Gunners into the Champions League, and the French defender has been talking about just what a plce in Europe’s top club competition means to him and his team mates.

All the pressure is on Arsenal….

Wigan may be the underdogs of this game but the pressure is certainly on Arsenal who need to end what will otherwise be 9 years without a major trophy. Almost a decade ago Arsenal won the FA Cup with that famous penalty shoot out with Manchester United, this time however our opponents Wigan Athletic don’t quite boast the same stature, but will be a hard test none the less.

Martin O’Neill warns Arsenal over FA Cup rematch

The Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill believes that his team did enough to earn at least a point off Arsenal this weekend, and warns that the boot will be on the other foot in next weekend’s FA Cup match.

Sunderland had had a gruelling extra-time win over Middlesbrough last Wednesday while Arsenal had a full weeks rest, but this time it is Arsenal’s turn to play in Milan on Wednesday while the Black Cats put their feet up at home, and O’Neill believes it will be a different game next week.

Theo Walcott admits he has been out of form but vows to improve

The Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has been roundly criticised by the Arsenal fans lately for being mostly anonymous as the Gunners lost three League games in a row, and he says he doesn’t need the fans to tell him when the quality of his play drops as he knows it himself.

He said: “I just want to play my game and show people what I can do,”

“I am the best judge of my performance, not anyone else. I wasn’t happy with my last few games but hopefully now I can try to get back to a level I should be at.

Wenger confirms that The Ox will play against Aston Villa (and he wants to win the FA Cup!)

Arsene Wenger has today confirmed that there is nothing wrong with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s calf (although the Arsenal boss still insists that he was suffering from fatigue when he took him off last week) and the 18 year-old will definitely be playing a part in this weekends FA Cup match against Aston Villa.

Wenger said: “He is alright, it was just fatigue. His calf was not gone or anything like that, he just started to tire a little bit. It is normal for a guy who plays a game at that intensity. But health-wise he has no problem. He will be involved on Sunday.”

Should Wenger play Arshavin against Aston Villa?

Andrei Arshavin must have been devastated by the reaction of the Arsenal fans when he was brought on against Man Utd, which was compounded by the way he let Danny Welbeck walk past him to set up United’s winning goal.

His confidence was low before the incident but what will it be like now? So with the axiom that “If you fall off your bike, you have to get straight back on” then Wenger will surely have to try and restore his confidence by putting him back on the pitch quickly against Aston Villa this weekend.