Mikel Arteta says Arsenal’s supporters deserve to experience the “joy” that comes with winning the FA Cup ahead of their final with Chelsea on Saturday.

The Gunners are the most successful side in the competition’s history, with 13 victories, but have not won a trophy since the last time they lifted the FA Cup, in 2017.

The past three seasons have also seen the departures of long-serving manager Arsene Wenger and his replacement, Unai Emery, while the club have failed to qualify for the Champions League in any of the last four seasons.

Arteta acknowledges the last few campaigns have been tough for Arsenal fans, who were used to seeing their team lift trophies on a regular basis during Wenger’s heyday.


Asked what winning Saturday’s final would mean for the club, Arteta said:

“It would be absolutely great.

“Everyone’s worked so hard since I joined here to try to bring this club back to winning titles so if we can achieve that, I will be delighted.

“But not for myself; for the players and the club that has been through some very difficult moments in the last few seasons. And as well for our fans because they really deserve for us to give them some joy and nice moments.”

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