Arsenal Weekly: Coquelin exclusive

Francis Coquelin

Francis Coquelin says that Arsenal are “even hungrier” to win silverware this season.

The Gunners retained the FA Cup in 2014/15 to become the most successful team in the competition’s history, lifting the trophy on 12 occasions.

Coquelin was a key part of the side that beat Aston Villa 4-0 in last season’s final and, ahead of this year’s third-round clash against Sunderland, the 24-year-old says it was a “starting point” in his career.

“It was my first major trophy with the club so I don’t want to sleep on this,” he told the Arsenal Weekly podcast. "I’m still hungry, even hungrier, and I want more, like everyone else at the club. The players are really stepping up and really want this silverware.

“It was a great moment but you need a little bit of the magic of the FA Cup to come back before the memories come back. When it does start, people will be looking at the pictures of themselves with the trophies and thinking that we need to hold it for a third time.

“What is nice is that the first round of the competition is at home and that’s great for the fans. It’s always going to be tough against Sunderland. They gave us a difficult game a couple of weeks ago, so we know it will be tough.

“They’re going to want to beat the champions as well, so they will be really, really motivated and beating us could give them a boost in their season as well. Everyone will be prepared for it.

“I don’t know if anyone’s ever held the FA Cup three times in a row before but it would mean something big for the club. We want to win any trophy so if we can get this one, we will.”

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