Wenger is expecting no favour from Sunderland on Saturday and is urging the players to take the Sam Allardyce’s team seriously.
The Black cats are 19th on the League table but that is even more reason to take them seriously since they will be hoping to remain competitive in the cup competition. Some fans are of the opinion that the manager should rest some of the key players ahead of the League game next week. However, Wenger does not share such sentiment.
Via the club’s official website, he was quoted as saying: “I’ve been in the job long enough to not expect any weaknesses from Sam Allardyce because I know him well enough to know that his team will be focused and motivated no matter who plays,” he said.
“In the Premier League you cannot say that the managers play weaker teams because everybody has a squad of 25 players who are of Premier League level.
“The FA Cup is a great competition. We take care of this competition like everybody does. Everybody dreams of winning the FA Cup. There may be some priorities at some stage of the season for some clubs who think they are in trouble and have to make these kinds of decisions, so they choose.
“We are confident because when we perform we know we can beat anyone in the Premier League. We have learnt this season that the Premier League is tricky and we play at home in front of our crowd where we feel that we can qualify, but we have learnt against Sunderland that on the break they were dangerous. It was a very hard-fought win against them.”