Wenger - We have respect for Wigan

Arsene Wenger insists the best way to beat Wigan on Saturday is to show them the respect they deserve.

Despite being relegated from the Premier League, the Latics beat Manchester City to lift the FA Cup last May and have beaten three top-flight sides, including another win over City, to reach the last four this year.

But Wenger has backed his players to continue their excellent run of performances in this competition when the sides meet at Wembley.

"We want to take the opportunity to go in the final"

Arsene Wenger

"For us what is very important is to win the semi-final and it's important we focus on that," Wenger said.

"After that we play against an opponent that has done well in this competition. They have beaten Man City at Man City so we want to focus on that and make sure we can go through. We respect highly for Wigan for what they have done and the best way to go to the final is to do that.

"You win when you produce a quality performance. We have, in this competition, produced top quality performances so just let’s continue with that.

"We have a team who has a lot of experience. We are in a competition where we have a great opportunity, we play against a good opponent but it's a great challenge for us and of course we want to take the opportunity to go in the final."

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