Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck has admitted that he's desperate to do one thing in his debut season with the Gunners that he never achieved at Manchester United, win the FA Cup.
Welbeck has a Premier League winner's medal to show for his time at Old Trafford, but despite spending six seasons in United's first-team squad the chance to lift the famous old trophy at Wembley Stadium never materialised.
The England international has admitted that it's a box he would love to tick this year, primarily because the vast majority of the current Arsenal side got to taste that success last season.
Welbeck wants trophies
Arsenal's £16 million strike star was asked about what the FA Cup means to him ahead of this weekend's fifth-round clash with Middlesbrough, telling the club's official website: “It’s a special trophy to win and I’ve not had the joy of winning it.
“It’s something that I really want to do. It’s great to have that on your CV and you just want to keep on winning because once you get into the habit, it’s good to keep going.
“It’s always meant a lot. Growing up as a kid we always knew the FA Cup was such a historic competition and it’s up to us to keep that going. I’m sure it will and it will live on forever.”
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This season offers big opportunity
Welbeck will take one look at the draw for the last 16 and view this season as a massive chance to break that FA Cup duck. Chelsea and Manchester City were both eliminated in the last round, with Arsenal, United and Liverpool the only teams in the Premier League's top nine still in with a chance of reaching Wembley in May.
Arsenal must take the challenge offered by Middlesbrough seriously before getting ahead of themselves, but match the experience of winning the competition last year and the hunger in their squad and the Gunners have to be considered favourites to retain the trophy.
Sunday's clash with the Championship side also offers Welbeck the chance to get back among the goals after a lengthy spell out through injury.
The 24-year-old returned from after a month out against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, but hasn't scored in 2015 and will want to end that run pretty quickly as part of a strong finish to first season at Arsenal which still has a good chance of ending with silverware.
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