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‘Going to Wembley will be a big lift’

Arsène Wenger is looking forward to another cup final.

We have booked our 10th appearance at Wembley in the past five seasons, and will take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on February 25 knowing we have won on each of our previous nine visits.

Here’s what the manager said after the 2-1 second leg win over Chelsea.

on the performance…
Coming from behind, we were not really convincing in the first half, but I think in the second half we played really well. We won the ball high up, controlled well and we have a technical midfield, so it’s important that when we give them the ball, we do it well and we looked like we could win this game. Maybe there was a little bit of a lucky deflected goal, but we were in the box and that was absolutely marvellous. Overall I believe it is great to go to Wembley again with our fans, to bring them there and hopefully we can win the trophy.

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on whether this is a competition he has targeted …
Yes, I want to win it and we are out of the FA Cup where we were always focused on, so we want to focus on this trophy now. Everybody always wants to win trophies and in England many teams can win, so it’s important that when you have an opportunity you can do it. It will be a difficult game certainly, but let’s prepare well for our next Premier League game, we want to get back in the top four and need to be consistent now.

on what it means to go to Wembley again…
It is a big lift, it is always a special day that you never forget. I believe that’s important and I’m convinced that our fans will be happy to go there and they have been there a few times. It is a good habit.

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