Arsenal are looking to equal a long-standing record held by Blackburn Rovers and win the FA Cup three consecutive times following their triumphs in 2014 and 2015. They face Watford in the quarter-finals of the competition on Sunday (13 March) and Hornets defender Sebastian Prodl believes it is the Gunners' best chance of silverware this season, despite their involvement in the Premier League and Champions League.
Arsene Wenger has taken a liking to the famous old trophy since his arrival in England in 1996, and has won it on six occasions, a record he shares with Gordon Ramsey as the most by a single manager. The club are also record-holders for the number of trophies, with Arsenal one ahead of Manchester United with 12 FA Cups.
The French manager's team are still in the race for the title, but are eight points behind league leaders Leicester City and three points behind second-placed Tottenham Hotspur making them third favourites along with Manchester City, who are just two points behind the Emirates Stadium outfit. Their Champions League chances, on the other hand, look bleak as they take on Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the second leg with a 2-0 deficit. The Catalan giants are arguably the best team in Europe at the moment, making it an almost impossible task for Arsenal to progress to the last eight.
"They still have a chance in the Premier League and the Champions League but their biggest chance is in this competition. So they will be very hungry," Prodl said, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.
"It has been a little bit weird this week not knowing who we were playing until Tuesday but it did give us a chance to watch Arsenal beat Hull. We saw a strong Arsenal side so we know it will be a tough game."
The Austrian defender, however, is keen on ending Arsenal's run in the FA Cup, something no team has done since they lost to Blackburn Rovers in 2013. He is confident that the Hornets, who have put in a good shift against the big Premier League teams this season, despite having lost nine out 10 games against the top six sides, can cause an upset at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
"We have had some of the big teams in trouble this season and that is what we will be looking to do again," the Watford defender added.
"The way we have played we have deserved some wins against the big teams. We want to show how we have developed and it would be great to get to Wembley."
"Against the big teams you have to be more concentrated. They can always score. If you do a lot of work during the game and are close to drawing, you have to be more focused at the end."