By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger sees the FA Cup as "a bonus" but it's one he plans to cash in this season.

The Frenchman has won the competition four times since taking over as Arsenal manager and he takes the first step on another road to Wembley when Leeds United visit Emirates Stadium tonight.

No manager would suggest that FA Cup triumphs alone can sustain a club at the highest level and that's why a top-four Premier League finish is Wenger's first goal every season. But he would dearly love to get his hands on the famous old trophy in May.

"It is more important [to be in the Champions League every season] but that does not mean it's not important to win on Monday," said Wenger. "It's very important for us.

"The basis of our life at the top level is dictated by the championship. If we can add on top of that the FA Cup it is fantastic. But our life, at the level where we are, with the wages we have, and the aspirations we have, is to play in the Champions League. After that you want, of course to win all the other trophies.

"For us it's not comparable, the FA Cup and Champions League. The Champions League is compulsory. The FA Cup is something that is for enjoyment. It is a bonus that we want. While the Champions League, for us, is something that is needed."

Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to as the source
9 Jan 2012