Calum Chambers
Arsenal's Calum Chambers is desperate to retain the FA CupGetty Images

Calum Chambers is desperate to see Arsenal make FA Cup history this season. The Gunners begin their defence of the trophy against Sunderland at the Emirates on 9 January and the north London club are aiming to become the first team since 1886 to win the competition three years in a row.

Despite their recent successes, Chambers said Arsenal remain as eager as ever to win the coveted cup and he claimed the opportunity to enter the record books will spur them on this season. "I think for every Englishman it is a very memorable cup. It gives that edge to it so you want to win it even more," he told Arsenal Player.

"It would be an amazing achievement [to win it for the third time in a row] and I'm sure everyone will be everything to get there. I wouldn't say we are discussing it but we are thinking about it. Anything in the cup can happen, it is not always straightforward. You have to have both short range and long-range goals. A long-range goal would be to break records, win trophies and do well, so I think everyone strives for that."

The thoughts of the 20-year-old defender have been echoed by his Arsenal team-mate Francis Coquelin, who recently said he is "hungrier" than ever to win the FA Cup. Coquelin, 24, who is recovering from a lateral ligament tear he suffered in November, revealed the Gunners are desperate to retain the trophy.

"It was my first major trophy with the club, so I don't want to sleep on this," he told the Arsenal Weekly podcast. "I'm still hungry, even hungrier, and I want more, like everyone else at the club. The players are really stepping up and really want this silverware."