Arteta Celebrates Arsenal’s FA Cup Progress

With time ticking down and chances going begging at Wembley, Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta was beginning to think it was not going to be his side’s day as they slogged through a gruelling FA Cup semi-final with Wigan Athletic.
It took a penalty shoot-out for the Gunners to eventually get past the cup-holders from the English Championship, after having come from behind to almost snatch the win in extra-time, but it ended 1-1.
“I think we were very unlucky to go a goal down, but the lads reacted really well and after that we were much better”, Arteta said. “We really went for it and had the chances.
“We hit the crossbar, the post, the goalkeeper made some really good saves and we thought it was not going to be our day, but we’ve done it and the penalties were terrific where Lukasz (Fabianski) made the difference”.
It took two shootout saves from Fabianski to end the hopes of successive finals for Wigan, but Arteta believes this blip, in what has been an impressive FA Cup campaign for the North London side, is no cause for panic.
“I don’t know any team in the world that has won a competition and not gone through some difficult moments during it”, the Spaniard said.
“Today I think we went through our most difficult moment we have had in the FA Cup, even though we have played Spurs, Liverpool, Everton and today Wigan. It gives us confidence but also a bit of enthusiasm with something to look forward to at the end of the season”
Meanwhile, an additional cause for celebration back at the Emirates Stadium was the return of Aaron Ramsey to the starting line-up after four months on the sidelines, playing all but five minutes of the two-hour battle at Wembley.

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