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Francis Coquelin desperate to win historic third straight FA Cup

Francis Coquelin insists Arsenal are desperate to win the FA Cup for a third consecutive season.

Only two clubs — Wanderers (1876-78) and Blackburn (1884-86) — have achieved the feat but the Gunners can rewrite the history books after Wembley wins over Hull and Aston Villa.

The Gunners have reached three finals in a row before, between 1978-80 — winning just once — but they begin their defence of the trophy with a home tie against Sunderland at Emirates Stadium this weekend.

Coquelin is still recovering from a knee injury but said: “It was my first major trophy with the club so I don’t want to sleep on this. 

“I’m still hungry, even hungrier, and I want more, like everyone else at the club. The players really want this silverware.

“It was a great moment but you need a little bit of the magic of the FA Cup to come back before the memories come back. When it does start, people will be looking at the pictures of themselves with the trophies and thinking that we need to hold it for a third time.

“It’s always going to be tough against Sunderland. I don’t know if anyone’s ever held the FA Cup three times in a row before but it would mean something big for the club. We want to win any trophy so if we can get this one, we will.”

06/01/16

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