By Richard Clarke

Sunday’s game at Cardiff showed why the FA Cup is fantastic, according to Arsène Wenger.

On the face of it, Arsenal’s 0-0 draw at Ninian Park was a relatively forgettable affair. Both sides were combative and certainly had their chances to win the game but, at the same time, neither deserved to lose.

However it was the passion and commitment on the pitch and on the terraces that found favour with the Arsenal manager afterwards.

“The tradition of England was shown today,” said Wenger, though you can assume he meant Wales too!

“Everywhere you go you know you must fight like mad to go through and that is why the FA Cup is fantastic.

“It was a great day. We wanted to win the game but it was a typical afternoon of complete support from their crowd and complete commitment from their team. You needed something special to win the game

“I enjoyed it because the people were frenetic - and some were fanatic - but overall they were fair.”

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26 Jan 2009