Wigan 1 Arsenal 1: We’ve overcome mental block, says Arsene Wenger

Wigan 1 Arsenal 1: Arsène Wenger admits the semi-final win will go down as one of the most emotional games of his career

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Arsene Wenger declared that Arsenal have overcome their mental block in big games after the Gunners came from behind against Wigan Athletic to book their place in the FA Cup final.

Per Mertesacker scored the vital equaliser in the 82nd minute to force extra time after the Arsenal vice-captain fouled Callum McManaman to allow Jordi Gomez to put the holders in front at Wembley.

Success or failure depends on so little in this game, it can drive any normal man mad

Arsene Wenger

Arsenal failed to add a second in the additional 30 minutes of play but held their nerve to win 4-2 in the penalty shootout, with Lukasz Fabianski stopping two spot-kicks.

“Yes I think so [Arsenal have overcome a mental block]. Mentally we were strong, determined, we were ready for the fight and everybody gave everything,” Wenger told ITV.

“Success or failure depends on so little in this game, it can drive any normal man mad.”

He added: “We wanted so desperately to through tonight that the repcrussions of going out would have been terrible on the mental front.”

Wenger admitted it was one of the most emotional games of his Arsenal reign, with the Gunners manager yet to sign a new deal despite his current contract expiring in the summer.

“One of the top ones emotionally because Wigan played very well. They are very strong. On top of that, we were one nil down with no chances,” Wenger added.

“You could see we had a hell of a job to do. We got a little bit of a lucky goal and of course it is down to nerves in the penalty shootout.”


MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Shanghai Masters 2017: Rampant Roger Federer downs Rafael Nadal for 94th career title
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Joey Barton predicts where Chelsea will finish this season
The Sport Review
Arsenal make final decision about Mesut Ozil’s future – report
The Sport Review
Length of Chelsea star Victor Moses’ injury lay-off confirmed – report