It has been reported that Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has revealed that his side are aiming for triumph in the FA Cup for a third consecutive time.
Arsenal begin the defence of their FA Cup title with a clash against Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday and many feel that the Gunners are once again favourites to claim the FA’s prestigious trophy this season.
The French midfielder says that Arsenal are intent on doing their favourites tag justice and has revealed that the players are even hungrier to claim the FA Cup following their memorable triumphs in 2014 and 2015.
Coquelin told theArsenal Weekly podcast: “It was my first major trophy with the club so I don’t want to sleep on this. 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.”