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Arteta targeting FA Cup glory

Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal can end their eight-year trophy drought by winning the FA Cup.

The north London outfit will have to replay their third-round tie with Swansea after Danny Graham’s last minute equaliser salvaged a 2-2 draw for Michael Laudrup’s men at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

However with Brighton and Hove Albion awaiting the winner in the fourth round, the former Everton playmaker believes his team can go all the way this season and lift their first trophy since the 2005 FA Cup.

“It’s a great chance to win a trophy,” Arteta told the club’s official website. “We don’t want to miss it.

“We improved a lot in the second half (against Swansea). We had many chances to finish the game earlier, but then suddenly with one mistake they scored the first goal.

“We kept going and showed a lot of character to get back into the game, score and go ahead. But then we conceded a sloppy one again.

“I think we were the better team. We dominated possession better than them and created more chances. We deserved to win the game and that’s why we’re disappointed.

“We’re on a good run. We’re disappointed with the draws in the last two games as we could have won both of them but I thought in the second half we played very good football.”

Tue 8 January, 2013
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