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‘Specialist in failure’ eyes Cup victory

WENGER-THUMBLONDON, England, May 15- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is looking to keep the club’s long trophy drought out of the equation as they prepare for Saturday’s FA Cup final against Hull City.

The Gunners have gone nine agonising seasons without lifting a piece of silverware, but have the chance to break that unwanted record when they take on the Tigers at Wembley this weekend.

Wenger, though, is hoping to not allow anything to distract from the job at hand, and says the north London giants’ campaign can be dissected when the final whistle blows on Saturday.

“Look, it is an opportunity for us to crown well our season and the overall achievement – if you look back at the season – will look better when we win it,” said the Frenchman.

“But it’s all to do, so we just want to focus on Saturday’s game and not look too much how it will look or how it will not look.”

Wenger has come under plenty of criticism since the club’s last trophy success, the FA Cup, in 2005, although the former Monaco boss believes their 17 successive seasons of Champions League football speaks volumes about the consistency found at the Emirates Stadium.

He added: “It’s not down to me to judge what is fair, I’m not a judge, I’m a manager who relies on what he’s doing, what he’s achieving on the pitch and lets other people judge and criticise.

“We can accept that and live with that completely. What is down to the quality of our club is the consistency and I believe on that front we are better than most of the teams.”

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