How to approach your first cup final

How should you approach your first Emirates FA Cup final?

That’s the question that Rob Holding will probably have asked himself in the lead-up to Saturday’s match.

While Holding is at one end of the experience scale, Per Mertesacker knows Wembley well. So what advice does the German have for his younger team-mate?

RH: What’s the best bit of advice you can give me for the final?

PM: It’s best to just think about that moment, it’s going to be unique for every one of us, but we will go through it together. That was always my mindset, it is not an individual sport - you feel like you play for a team, you play for Arsenal, and you need to be proud of that moment. To have that opportunity is the best mindset to be in on Saturday, and playing with me, together, you know.

RH: Yeah, nice.

PM: You wouldn’t have thought that a week ago! Now it could be reality.


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