Arsene Wenger says the pressure on his side going into last season’s FA Cup final was greater than it is this year.
The Gunners face Aston Villa on Saturday with the opportunity to retain the trophy for the second time in the Frenchman’s reign.
Wenger has won the competition five times, but says it remains just as important to him as it always has done.
"Maybe last year the expectation level was more demanding - the demand was absolute last year"
“Yes, I get the same excitement,” he said. “I get even more responsibilities because you know what it means for us, and I know that it’s not easy to get there. Once you’re there you want to win it
“I believe that going to Wembley is always a special occasion. I’ve had the luck to be there many times and for us it’s an opportunity to finish our season on a high and to reward the whole team with a trophy. That’s what you want to achieve.
“I cannot measure the pressure on me, but personally I am always the same when I go to big game like this - I just want to do it.
“Maybe last year the expectation level was more demanding - the demand was absolute last year. But we have our own demands inside the group here and we have high expectation for our game on Saturday and we want to do it.”
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