The situation could have been different for the Gunners when Jordi Gomez scored off a penalty in normal time but Per Mertesacker managed to gain extra time with his late leveller.
The Wenger’s team managed to hold their nerves in a better way during the shootout with the final stroke of Santi Cazorla in the winning spot kick.
Knowing that the title was not in their hold, the Frenchman was still pleased with their performance in the cup as his side now needed only one win to end their nine years of troughy drought. Sigh!
“We’re feeling relieved because we were under pressure but I expected a difficult game,” he said. “The difference between winning and losing is very small and this game has shown it again.”
In the meantime, Everton stood fourth with a difficult win over Sunderland in the English Premier League.
With the season at its top, Wenger still believes that his team is capable of qualifying for the Champions league despite having been ruled out of the top four. “If we win our remaining games I think we will finish in front of Everton so we need to focus on the Premier League now.”