Arsenal boss admits their run in the FA Cup last year was an evidence that you can’t always say who your toughest opposition will be.
The holders of the oldest competition in football are favourites to retain the trophy this season, after a number of strong Premier League sides were knocked-out of the competition.
The north London club are involved in a crunch clash against Aitor Karanka's Middlesbrough at the Emirates on Sunday, the Championship side who beat the Premier League defending champions Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad to progress into the fifth round.
However, Arsene Wenger expects his team to be a step closer to winning the Cup with a win over 'The Boro' but says it’s not always that straight forward.
“You have Manchester United, Liverpool – many favourites. We are not the only ones,” he admitted, as www.arsenal.com reported. “Of course, you would not make a Championship team favourite, but last year we played Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham but our most difficult game was Wigan and then Hull in the final. It is difficult to predict.
“[The FA Cup] is important to us. We did not always manage to win it, but we have won it five times during my period here. Nobody has won it more in the last 18 years, so we have always taken it seriously.” The Arsenal manager continued.
“Sometimes so seriously that we suffered in the Champions League after. Many times a cup game was in front of a Champions League game. Many times we lost some players.
“I remember against Manchester United when we played against Chelsea in the Champions League three days later we lost some because we took the game seriously.”