Mikel Arteta is eyeing FA Cup success with Arsenal and says his side will look to exploit ‘weaknesses’ in Manchester City ahead of tomorrow’s semi-final meeting between the sides.
Record winners Arsenal meet holders City at Wembley tomorrow evening as they bid to progress to next month’s final, the Spaniard preparing the north London side to face the team he left to take charge at the Emirates in December.
Arsenal have endured a wretched recent record against the Manchester side, losing their previous seven fixtures to City in all competitions, but the Gunners boss is remaining positive and says his side will look to exploit potential ‘weaknesses’ in this weekend’s opposition.
“That’s what we’ll try to do as much as possible,” Arteta said at his pre-match press conference. “Like any other team, they have some weaknesses, and also it’s about stopping their strengths.
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“They have a lot. It’s part of any game plan. It’s not about City, it’s about any other opponent we are facing. Tomorrow we will do exactly the same.”
Victory in this season’s FA Cup would be a record-extending 14th title for the Gunners while also securing a place in next seasons Europa League, and Arteta admits he is relishing the prospect of adding another chapter to the clubs illustrious history in cup competition.
“Absolutely, for many different reasons but as well because this competition is a big part of our history and in the last 10 years even more,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to go and win a trophy.
“We are very excited and will try to go there tomorrow and make another step forward.”