By Joe Brewin

Thierry Henry believes Arsenal can use the FA Cup as a platform for future success.

Sunderland will stand between Arsène Wenger’s side and a place in the quarter-finals when Saturday’s fifth-round tie gets underway at the Stadium of Light.

Henry’s first trophy as an Arsenal player was the 2002 triumph over Chelsea and the striker says the competition is the perfect starting point from which to build.

“The FA Cup is how we started,” he told Arsenal Player. “The older generation started by having a good run in the cup.

“We lost in the final against Liverpool [in 2001] but we were not far from achieving something. The year before we lost in the UEFA Cup final.

“You have to knock on the door a couple of times before you do finally open it. Hopefully it can happen in the FA Cup this year and you never know what can happen in the Champions League.

“We have seen some stuff in the past that you could not believe and it did happen. Then it's vital for us to be in the top four. The fans, no disrespect to the Europa League, want to see games on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

“We have been used to it, watching us in the Champions League against other big teams. The music, the big nights - that's what fans want and what the players want to do. Hopefully Arsenal can come back and compete next year in the Champions League.”

Watch a special feature with Thierry on Arsenal Player soon.

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17 Feb 2012