Arsène Wenger believes the lack of giantkillings his Arsenal sides have suffered proves how seriously he takes the FA Cup.
The Gunners slipped to only their second defeat to lower-league opposition of Wenger’s 16-year reign when they were beaten on penalties by Bradford City in December.
The Frenchman admits that defeat has acted as a wake-up call ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round clash against Blackburn Rovers.
“In 16 years I don't think we have had [many] upsets against lower-division teams,” Wenger said. “That shows that we take the competition seriously.
“We prepare for the game like a final every time, and that’s why we have done reasonably well until now.
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“We had one upset against Bradford, on penalties, but we did take that game seriously. I said that straight away after the match and we analysed what happened at Bradford very deeply.
“They have proven since that they are a team of quality. We will take [Saturday’s] game seriously again, and with a huge desire to win it.”
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