December 10 2013 Latest news:
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will always retain a special relationship with the FA Cup, having won it four times between 1998 and 2005, as well as defending a record of never losing in a third-round tie.
However, given the Gunners shock Capital One Cup exit at npower League Two Bradford, the world’s oldest knockout competition now takes on extra significance in the quest to end their trophy drought.
Wenger, though, will take the same approach to every other match as he looks to deliver a positive result against the team which beat his side 2-0 in the league at Emirates Stadium on December 1.
“People try always to create pressure around every game, but that is part of our job. We want to just win our next game,” he said.
“We are on a good run and I hope that Swansea will face a different Arsenal this time.”
Wenger has been impressed by Swansea’s continuity under new manager Michael Laudrup, with Spanish striker Michu having impressed with a late double at Emirates Stadium.
He said: “Swansea have done excellent work, with good technical players and which suit the way they want to play.
“All of their buys have been intelligent buys.”