“We have to concentrate on the league now” – Wenger speaks after FA Cup win over Wigan
Jordi Gomez gave the holders the lead with a second-half penalty, before Per Mertesacker levelled for the Gunners. Lukasz Fabianski was the hero for the North London side, as he saved two penalties during the shoot-out, to give the club every chance of ending their nine-year trophy drought.
Speaking about reaching the final, Wenger said: “We have seen again today that it was a cup game and the difference between winning and losing is very, very small and this game has shown that again. But even if we had lost I would have said that we were at the mental level that I expected, and hopefully that win today will give us a lift for the end of the season.
“It’s important mentally that we didn’t go out tonight. If you imagine the consequences of going out tonight, it’s quite worrying. I believe we have a good team, we have many players out and this morning Oxlade-Chamberlain was still not sure to be available, Gibbs was not available, plus all the other players who are out. We have a good squad but recently we were missing too many players.”
Before the game, Everton defeated Sunderland to leapfrog Arsenal into fourth place. Wenger said he was fully focused on the semi-final clash and did not learn about the result until after the match.
“I didn’t even know the result and I think if we win our games we will finish in front,” he said. “For us it’s important now to focus on the Premier League and if we do that well I’m confident we will come back. On top of that we have a target now for the end of the season. We have a final in the FA Cup but we now have a period where we can concentrate on the Premier League.
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