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FA Cup can hold key for Wenger's Arsenal

Published on Jan 5, 2013 10:39 AM
 
Arsenal's Theo Walcott (right) is thanked by manager Arsene Wenger after being substituted during their English Premier League soccer match against Reading at the Madejski stadium in Reading, southern England on Dec 17, 2012. Wenger's record in the FA Cup means the competition will always be special to the Arsenal manager but this season it could be critical to his efforts to prove he is still the right man to lead the club. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SWANSEA, United Kingdom (AFP) - Arsene Wenger's record in the FA Cup means the competition will always be special to the Arsenal manager but this season it could be critical to his efforts to prove he is still the right man to lead the club.

Wenger has already emerged from one sustained bout of criticism this season that intensified when his side were beaten at home last month by Swansea.

A month on from that defeat, Arsenal will head to South Wales for Sunday's FA Cup third round meeting with Swansea in better shape following an improved run of form in the league.

However, they remain in sixth place in the Premier League, 18 points adrift of the leaders Manchester United and destined once again to play a supporting role in the title race.

 
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