Arteta - FA Cup "great opportunity" for Arsenal

29 June 2020 01:43:46 GMTPlus10

Mikel Arteta says Arsenal will embrace their chance to pick up some silverware following Sunday's hard-fought FA Cup quarter-final victory at Sheffield United.

It wasn't a vintage performance from Arsenal but they were able to advance into the semi-finals for the 30th time in the club's history courtesy of the 2-1 success, keeping them on course for a record-extending 14th FA Cup trophy.

Nicolas Pepe's first-half penalty had given the Gunners a 1-0 lead at the break but, after some stern words from manager Chris Wilder, the Blades came out fighting in the second 45 minutes and managed to get back on level terms.

It is a great opportunity to try and win a title and play in Europe.

Mikel Arteta

After Sead Kolasinac knocked the ball off team-mate Shkodran Mustafi when attempting to clear a long throw in the box, David McGoldrick reacted quickest to turn home from inside the six-yard box.

However, in the 91st minute, Dani Ceballos drove into the box after picking up a loose ball before firing through the legs of Dean Henderson, who made a somewhat rash decision to rush off his line in an attempt to narrow the angle.

It was a huge relief for Arteta, whose side have joined Manchester United in the hat for the semi-final draw, and he admits the FA Cup presents a fantastic chance for his team to end the season with a trophy.

Speaking to BBC Sport, the Spaniard said: "I am really pleased. This is a difficult place to come and get a win. We are back at Wembley. I am really happy with the attitude and performance of the players.

"It is a great opportunity to try and win a title and play in Europe."

Arsenal are next in action on Wednesday when they host Norwich in a game they're 1.45 to win, with the draw 4.75 and the visiting Canaries 6.50.

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