He hasn't raised the bar - Wenger plays down Guardiola success

24 February, 2018, 06:50 | Author: Regina Lloyd
  • Arsenal Arsene Wenger Man City Kevin De Bruyne

Arsenal were huge favourites ahead of the Wembley decider seven years ago, but Obafemi Martins' 89th-minute victor following a mix-up between Wojciech Szczesny and Laurent Koscielny - secured an unlikely Blues win.

Wenger can become the eighth boss to win the League title, FA Cup and League Cup after Mercer, Revie, Nicholson, Graham, Ferguson, Mourinho and Dalglish.

Last month, Liverpool dashed their hopes of emulating Arsenal's unbeaten league campaign.

City remain unhappy with the standard of stewarding and has sought answers over how it was possible so many fans got onto the pitch and so close to their stars. For the FA Cup final against Hull in 2014, after nine years without a trophy, Wenger picked Lukasz Fabianski - who had played in all the earlier rounds - over No 1 Wojciech Szczesny.

"What a run like that means is that you have enough belief to think you can do it, that on the day you managed to turn up with the right spirit and right mentality, the right belief", Wenger said. "The modern game has changed with the recruitment of the best players going to a small number of clubs", he insisted. That will be the target again: to have a belief but as well to find that right balance.

Wenger has often used the competition as a way of offering valuable game time to some of the fringe members of his squad but is confident in his side's experience ahead of the first major showpiece final of the campaign.




Now he accepts it is the Gunners who are able to spring a surprise this time around.

The Frenchman will lead his side into their fourth domestic cup final in four years as Arsenal prepare to take on the Premier League's runaway leaders. I thought it was a massive call for Wenger to play Ospina in last season's FA Cup final.

Guardiola has a decision to make at left-back as Fabian Delph is suspended following his sending off against Wigan while Benjamin Mendy is still recovering from a serious knee injury. At the end of the day, you have to be cool.

"We are maybe underdogs but we have to believe in our quality".

Wenger revealed he nearly signed Guardiola as a player for Arsenal in 2001.

Wenger shows loyalty to his players and his second-choice goalkeepers are no different.

Recommended:

  • Police identify man who took poison during…

    Police identify man who took poison during…

    Then, the man's vehicle appeared to drift across all lanes of the northbound 101 Freeway until it ended up in the center divider. After about six miles, the vehicle crossed lanes and struck a center divider on Interstate 101 in Ventura.
    Tiger Woods positive after first-round 70 at Honda Classic

    Tiger Woods positive after first-round 70 at Honda Classic

    He will be paired again for the second round with Brandt Snedeker (74) and Patton Kizzire (74) and tee off at 12:45 p.m. Thomas doesn't have the most impressive course form figures but that could make him a sneaky good pick this week.
    Fergie Defends Herself After the Internet Drags Her for Sexy National Anthem

    Fergie Defends Herself After the Internet Drags Her for Sexy National Anthem

    Reactions to the performance went rampant on social media and even had reality star Khloe Kardashian scratching her head. TMZ caught up with Fergie following her musical blunder, and she clearly knew her performance didn't live up to par.
  • 15-year-old makes history with figure skating gold

    15-year-old makes history with figure skating gold

    The stunning showdown between Zagitova and Medvedeva began on Wednesday, where the short-program world record was broken twice. Satoko Miyahara (JPN) delivered an excellent performance to "Madame Butterfly" as well to place fourth on 222.38 points.
    Close friend, travel agent for Graham family remembers Rev. Billy Graham

    Close friend, travel agent for Graham family remembers Rev. Billy Graham

    Richard Crooks, pastor of First Baptist Church in Fremont - "The thing that I most admired about him was his humility. Graham dealt with a lot of illnesses in the last few years. "He has always engaged whole communities", McCollum said.
    Turkish Shelling Near Afrin After Syrian Government Allied Troops Arrive

    Turkish Shelling Near Afrin After Syrian Government Allied Troops Arrive

    Turkey reached no previous agreement with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad before entering Syria's territory. However, the United States has supported the YPG to combat the Islamic State in Syria.
  • Trump, gun lobby chief push armed citizens as solution to shootings

    Trump, gun lobby chief push armed citizens as solution to shootings

    The momentum that is building among many American young people against the NRA could easily become an important political issue. President Trump did not criticize LaPierre, saying that he is a patriotic American who will do the right thing.
    What to expect out of Lonzo Ball's return on Friday

    What to expect out of Lonzo Ball's return on Friday

    Despite the loss to the Mavericks of 130-123 in Thomas' debut, it seems the Lakers have found its new point guard. The Lakers (23-34) are hoping their prized rookie point guard will turn things around for them once again.
    Blumenthal launches CT campaign to save net neutrality

    Blumenthal launches CT campaign to save net neutrality

    Currently, the Senate effort has 50 votes, with several Republicans crossing party lines to oppose the repeal. Attorneys general from more than 20 red and blue states filed a lawsuit last month to stop the repeal.
  • Walmart Inc. (WMT): A Detailed Look at its Institutional Ownership

    Walmart Inc. (WMT): A Detailed Look at its Institutional Ownership

    Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 19,060 shares of the company's stock, valued at $1,848,629.40. If you are accessing this article on another domain, it was stolen and republished in violation of USA & worldwide copyright law.
    Palestine calls for peace; United States  firm on Jerusalem move

    Palestine calls for peace; United States firm on Jerusalem move

    It called the speech "old talking points and undeveloped concepts for each of the core issues". Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas , in a 30-minute address to the U.N.
    Qualcomm raises bid for NXP to about $43.22B

    Qualcomm raises bid for NXP to about $43.22B

    SunTrust has "Hold" rating and $110.0 target. 3 analysts say it's a Hold while 0 analysts provided their expert opinion as Sell. About 276,611 shares traded. ( QCOM ) following it's decision to raise its own bid for NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI ).


Popular

Former NFLer Jonathan Martin taken into custody after school threat
Incognito, who is white, sometimes made jokes about slavery in the presence of Martin, who is Black, the report said. The bullying-related post was published by a person who attended the school more than 10 years ago, police said.

Francis Lawrence immediately knew Jennifer Lawrence was his Red Sparrow leading lady
One of the co-stars Joel Edgerton came to her rescue and said the " body shaming and outfit shaming" was really disappointing. When asked if she regrets the move, the 27-year-old commented, "No". "And I didn't want to let it go".

Trump threatens to yank immigration enforcement from California, warns crime would explode
We write to request we be immediately briefed on the troubling reports that ICE is targeting raids in California. President Trump at the White House meeting on Thursday. "They are doing a lousy management job", Trump said.

Kawhi Leonard Unlikely To Play Remainder Of Season
Semantics matter here and Pop said he'd be surprised if Kawhi came back at any point this year, but didn't say he's not going to. Kawhi Leonard's rehabilitation has apparently created considerable tension within the San Antonio Spurs organization.

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition Demo Launches February 26
Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition is launching in a week, and it's going to come to Steam with some pretty surprising bonuses. Gordon Freeman's iconic Half-Life outfit and crowbar are pre-order bonuses for Final Fantasy XV's PC version via steam .

VENEZUELA: Country To Launch 'petrogold' Cryptocurrency, Backed By Gold
Maduro himself now admits that the Petro was created in part as a way to skirt U.S. backed economic sanctions against the country. In fact, U.S. investors may even be getting themselves into legal trouble should they invest in Petro or Petro Gold , as the U.S.

'Rick And Morty': McDonald's To Release 20 Million Szechuan Sauce Packets
Some customers will probably only care about the sauce itself, and that part is easy. It couldn't have ever imagined what it would unleash by giving into that whim.

Albertsons Acquiring Rite Aid Corporation (RAD), Heading To NYSE Upon Completion
COPYRIGHT VIOLATION WARNING: This story was published by StockNewsTimes and is the sole property of of StockNewsTimes. Parametrica Management Ltd acquired a new stake in shares of Rite Aid in the fourth quarter valued at about $182,000.

Another day, another new outfielder for the Pirates
The Rays received pitcher Daniel Hudson , minor league infielder Tristan Gray and cash considerations from the Pirates. Dickerson, who was an All-Star for the American League a year ago is the latest Rays starter to be traded.

Antonio Conte Rues Mistake, Fabregas Says Chelsea Have to Attack at Barcelona
But Messi struck to level the score and net his first ever goal against the Blues to ensure Chelsea must notch in the return leg. Speaking to BT Sport after the final whistle, Ferdinand said: " Antonio Conte's face says it all - the disappointment".