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Arsenal successfully negotiated a tricky FA Cup encounter against Sunderland

Arsenal successfully negotiated a tricky FA Cup encounter against Sunderland to reach the fourth round of the competition. Arsenal, as the holders of the title, should not be surprised by teams looking forward to beat them over other top teams. The club has won the FA Cup title in back-to-back seasons. Defender Hector Bellerin now has set his sights on the third consecutive FA Cup title. Blackburn Rovers are the last club to have achieved this feat, but it was more than 100 years ago in the 1884-86 season. As the competition for the title has increased, teams have found it very difficult to defend the Championship.

Bellerin, though, claims that the entire team has set the target of achieving this feat. It would be easier said than done since Arsenal are already involved in two other competitions – Premier League and the Champions League. After having failed to win both these trophies in the last decade, Arsene Wenger is likely to put his priority in such competitions. Arsenal are especially in a great position when it comes to winning the league. The club has not done so since the 2003-04 season, but they lead the table after 20 games. Bellerin has been ever present for Arsenal in the last 12 months and this is likely to force Mathieu Debuchy out of the club in January.

“We love this competition and the fans love this competition so we need to try and do our best. We are trying to get the third in a row.The legs are fine and we have shown that we have very good players on the bench also and the rotation helps us get good results.We have a lot of games and they are all hard games, but we have to respond in the way we did today and I’m sure we will be fine,” saidBellerin.

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