LONDON (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is looking forward to rekindling the memory of one of the Gunners’ greatest days in their recent history when they face Hull at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
Wenger’s side came from two goals down to beat Hull 3-2 in last season’s FA Cup final as the north London club won their first trophy in nine years.
The veteran French boss is convinced that after strengthening his squad in pre-season with the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck, Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers, his team is now better equipped to challenge for more silverware.
Defeat at Chelsea immediately before the international break brought an end to Arsenal’s unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign and left them in eighth position, nine points behind Jose Mourinho’s side who head the table.
But Wenger said: “We won the FA Cup with a difficult run, but we managed to deliver the trophy and it makes us stronger, more confident and I believe we will have a strong season.”
The international break brought more injury problems for Wenger with France defender Laurent Koscielny aggravating an Achilles problem and Mesut Ozil ruled out for around six weeks with knee ligament damage.
The Germany international suffered the injury during the Chelsea game but Wenger denied any mismanagement of the playmaker’s condition.
“He told me (about the injury) once it was discovered on the scan. He did not tell me anything during the Chelsea game, I did not know,” Wenger insisted.