Santi Cazorla says he has “very good memories” of the FA Cup after last season’s dramatic final against Hull City.
Arsenal conceded two early goals but the Spain midfielder’s inch-perfect free-kick inspired a comeback that saw the Gunners lift their first silverware in nine years.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s fourth-round clash at Brighton & Hove Albion, Cazorla revealed just how much the competition means to him.
"We want to win this competition again and this is a very good opportunity for us"
“It’s similar [to the Copa del Rey] but the FA Cup here is very important for every club,” he told Arsenal Player. “It’s a big, big trophy for all the teams here, and in Spain the Copa del Rey is the same.
“I have very good memories [of last season’s final] and it was a very good moment for me and for the team. It was my first trophy with the club and I want to get another one this year.
“I think [the free-kick against Hull] was very important because we were losing 2-0 and I could help the team. At half-time it’s different when you get a goal back."
“I don’t think [there is more pressure this year],” he continued. "We want to win this competition again and this is a very good opportunity for us. We need to play against Brighton away and we can repeat this year with another trophy for the fans and the club.”
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