Aaron Ramsey cannot wait to take part in his second FA Cup final and he is hoping for a different outcome to his previous experience in 2008.
The Wales international was just 17 when he came on as a second-half substitute in Cardiff City’s 1-0 defeat to Portsmouth at Wembley.
Ramsey was bitterly disappointed with the result, but was still proud to have represented his hometown club at the final.
We were over the moon to get to the final - that was an achievement in itself. But when you're there you want to go on and win itAaron Ramsey
“It was massive for Cardiff,” he told Arsenal Player. “Everyone was looking forward to it and there was excitement around the city.
“It was something that I was really looking forward to, playing at Wembley in front of a sell-out crowd. I started on the bench so I wanted to get on the pitch as quickly as possible to experience what it was like out there.
“We were in the game, we had a couple of chances and maybe on another day we would have won but it wasn't to be and I was really disappointed in the end.
“It was a bit of a weird feeling. We were over the moon to get to the final - that was an achievement in itself. But when you're there you want to go on and win it but we failed to do that. It was sort of mixed emotions. I was proud to have got there but losing on the day was disappointing.”
While the defeat is still fresh in his memory, Ramsey is confident he will lift the cup this time around when Arsenal face Hull City on Saturday.
“We're used to being favourites going into games so I don't think that will affect us in any way,” he said. “But it's going to be a difficult game, it's a final and they’re always [tough].
“Even though we've beaten Hull twice this season, I'm sure they'll be wanting to get some sort of revenge over us so we have to be aware of that.
“But we're confident in our own ability and if we play the way we know we can, I'm sure we'll go on and win the game.”Copyright 2017 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