Mikel Arteta says the FA Cup now represents a “great opportunity” for Arsenal to secure a trophy this season.

The Gunners are through to the semi-finals after a thrilling 4-1 victory against Everton on Saturday afternoon.

Arteta kept his cool to score a retaken penalty midway through the second half and he was delighted with the team’s performance.

We've got a massive game now at Wembley so let's enjoy it, get ready for it and see if we can win it

Mikel Arteta

“It was a really tough game and a really nice game to watch,” he said. “Both teams wanted to attack with different styles and we played a very good Everton side.

“When we played against them here two or three months ago they made it really hard on us [but] I think today we played really well and deserved to win.

“[The FA Cup] is a great opportunity - it's what we really wanted from the start and we faced top teams in every round and deserve to be where we are.

“We've got a massive game now at Wembley so let's enjoy it, get ready for it and see if we can win it.”

Arteta insisted it was just a case of holding his nerve for his penalty against his former club.

“You just bring your concentration level back [for the retake], thinking about what the keeper is going to try to do and just put it in the net,” he said.

“I knew I was going to go to the other side because the keeper went that side on the first one and I managed to put it a bit higher and score.”

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Rob Kelly 8 Mar 2014