Arsene Wenger has reassured Arsenal fans he can understand their love affair with the FA Cup, but insists the Gunners must not compromise their fight for the Barclays Premier League title.
Arsenal gave their supporters a day out at Wembley last season when reaching the semi-finals, before being beaten by Chelsea after taking the lead. While Wenger can understand the need for another decent run in the world's oldest knockout competition, which starts at West Ham on Sunday, sustaining their challenge for the championship must come first.
"We want to win, but we want to protect our home games against Bolton and Everton as well, to keep the momentum going," said Wenger.
"The Premier League is always more important [than the FA Cup], but, in the eyes of the fans, we are looking for trophies.
"However, the Premier League is so hard that you want to take care of your position.
"Two years ago we had a very good chance [at the title], and we were not far away.
"At the moment we have to keep our spirit and out attitude, then we have a chance."
Wenger added: "A season is judged on the overall achievement, and people look to who has won the trophies - but I also look at how we have done and how consistently we have played.
"This team is enjoyable to watch, but also to manage because I want to win every game."
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