Fans Tell Mikel Arteta Whether He Should Prioritise Fa Cup Over Premier League Title

Fans Tell Mikel Arteta Whether He Should Prioritise Fa Cup Over Premier League Title

  • Arsenal fans came up with similar sentiments ahead of a game in the FA Cup
  • The Gunners face Man City for a chance to make the competition's fifth round
  • Mikel Arteta’s side is also soaring in the Premier League, atop by five points

Arsenal fans would rather see their FA Cup run come to an end, if it meant keeping their good form in the Premier League.

The North London club will come up against Manchester City on Friday, January 27, for a chance to proceed to the fifth round of a competition they last won in 2020.

Ahead of the game, a Gunners handle @AFTVMedia asked fans whether it was proper for coach, Mikel Arteta to give priority to the FA Cup.

Arteta, Premier League
A majority of Arsenal fans feel Mikel Arteta should prioritise the Premier League over the FA Cup. Photo: Getty.
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For most of the fans, the answer was a straight no, for the simple fact that the North London club have one of the best opportunities to win their first Premier League in nearly two decades.

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Other fans simply felt it was a question of how smart Arteta would be with his rotation, as his side attempts to juggle the two domestic competitions.

At the moment, Arsenal have a five-point lead over Manchester City in the league, with a game in hand.

Here are some of the reactions from fans on whether the FA Cup should be a priority:

@stoto8 said:

"No. In 3 years you tell a mate that "Arsenal won the FA Cup in 2023!", they'd say so what If you told them "Arsenal won the league", much more respect.”

@GoonerTaIk said:

“No, but our draw means we do have to prioritise this round. We can’t put out a weak team and let Man City bang 5 past us.”

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@MatthewJonah11:

“Yes, we should prioritise all cup competitions we are in because we are ARSENAL and we are a big club.”

@Hickeyd29Hickey:

“Hell no you guys are going to win the league man, that should take priority over everything this season.”

@ottomarre:

“No. Play the second team in the FA Cup & Europa League. Full focus on the Prem.”

Arsenal's chances in FA Cup

As far as Arsenal’s chances are concerned, they stand a decent opportunity to win the FA Cup, provided they get past a wounded Man City.

Pep Guardiola recently hinted at letting go of the title race after defeat to Man United in the derby, which could imply his focus might shift to other competitions like the Champions League and FA Cup.

Furthermore, there are still some heavy hitters in the competition including Liverpool, Man United and perhaps West Ham United, who could cause problems for the Gunners down the road - even if they get past City.

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This is not mentioning the infamous 'magic' of the competition that has been the cause of major upsets.

The highest-paid Arsenal players

Elsewhere, Sports Brief also highlighted the fact that Arsenal's highest-paid player is Gabriel Jesus, despite having played minimal minutes this season.

Leandro Trossard’s arrival from Brighton earlier this month places him ninth on the list of the Gunners' top earners.

The likes of Thomas Partey, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Ben White rounded off the top four highest-paid players at the club.

Source: Sports Brief News