By Nik Brumsack
Mikel Arteta says Arsenal are determined to go as far as possible in this season’s FA Cup.
Arsène Wenger’s side must replay their third-round tie against Swansea after Danny Graham’s late equaliser secured the hosts a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.
Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion await in the fourth round for whoever progresses, and Arteta believes the cup is a real opportunity for the Gunners to win some silverware.
“It’s a great chance to win a trophy,” he told Arsenal Player. “We don’t want to miss it.
“We improved a lot in the second half [against Swansea]. We had many chances to finish the game earlier, but then suddenly with one mistake they scored the first goal.
“We kept going and showed a lot of character to get back into the game, score and go ahead. But then we conceded a sloppy one again.
“I think we were the better team. We dominated possession better than them and created more chances. We deserved to win the game and that’s why we’re disappointed.
“We’re on a good run. We’re disappointed with the draws in the last two games as we could have won both of them but I thought in the second half we played very good football.”
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