By Giuseppe Muro

Jack Wilshere says it’s “ridiculous” to suggest the FA Cup has lost its shine.

Charlie George, Alan Sunderland and Andy Linighan all wrote their names into Arsenal folklore with their Cup heroics and Wilshere sees no reason why the current crop can’t do the same.

Arsenal are some way from Wembley but, ahead of tonight’s Third-Round replay with Leeds, Wilshere admits the competition still has a certain romance and is very much something the players want to win.

“It’s ridiculous [to say that the FA Cup has lost its significance],” the Hertfordshire-born midfielder told “It’s a trophy at the end of the day and we want to win it.

“People say that because we play a different team but we’ve got the squad to play a different team, it’s massive for us.

“The Leeds fans were great, there was 9,000 of them and I’ve never seen that before. That’s the FA Cup for you.

“If you say now, would you rather be out or have a replay you would definitely take a replay. We owe a lot to Cesc for that, he came on and changed the game. We got out of jail really.”

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19 Jan 2011