Oxlade-Chamberlain: FA Cup glory can breed winning mentality

The England starlet believes that a Wembley triumph would lead to more titles, though he refuses to take the threat of Wigan lightly given they knocked out Manchester City

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes that Arsenal need to experience FA Cup glory this season to breed a winning mentality and is confident that a first piece of silverware since 2005 would quickly lead to more.

The Gunners take on the holders of the competition, Championship side Wigan, in the semi-final at Wembley on Saturday afternoon, looking to stay on track in their bid to end a nine-year wait for silverware.

With Hull City and League One’s Sheffield United contesting the other semi, Arsenal have their best chance in several seasons to end their trophy drought and Oxlade-Chamberlain is convinced that success in the tournament would instil belief and lead to more trophies in the future.

“Once you do get that experience of winning the first one, you automatically build confidence you can go and do it again. That experience is vital,” the England international told reporters.

“The squad needs that, 100 per cent. I always hear commentators talking about squads that have been around and won things. They always mention the experience of winning, knowing what it takes, and they’ve only got that through winning trophies.

“That is definitely something that will help this team to go on and push forward and be successful but it is just getting to that first one. It is a lot easier said than done. We are in a position where we can make that happen, in a position where it is our responsibility to take that opportunity.

“Obviously this year we’ve got further than in the last few years and the opportunity is greater for us to go and win it.

“To be able to go the whole journey as a team and win it – that’s definitely massive experience for a team like us, who are fairly new together.

“It is definitely a springboard and a confidence boost going on to the future.”

Despite playing in the second tier of English football, Oxlade-Chamberlain insists that Arsenal will not take Wigan lightly, especially after they dumped Manchester City out in the quarter-finals.

“I watched Wigan play City and you expected City to win but I watched the whole game and not for one moment could you tell Wigan weren’t a Premier League team,” the 20-year-old added. “They have great players, they play some really good stuff and they compete.

“We don’t think we’re massive favourites and they’re underdogs. We know it will be really hard.

“If they can beat City, on their day they can beat us and it is our responsibility to make sure that does not happen by not taking anything for granted and approaching the game in the right manner.

“We know what is in store and what they are capable of so we need to give them the respect they deserve and do what we need to do as a team.”

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